Slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation Lesson Plans

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Students will form an opinion about reparations for slavery, examine the Emancipation Proclamation and explore and analyze speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. using free vetted web resources and Library online resources.

View the video MLK Jr. Memorial Opens in D.C. by MSNBC

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Reparations for Slavery

Objective:  Students will conduct research and analyze the issue of reparations for slavery. Students will express their opinion via debate, speech or persuasive essay.

Lesson Plan 2- The Emancipation Proclamation 

Objective:  Students will explore the document and examine its strengths and weaknesses.  Students will demonstrate their findings via creative projects.

Lesson Plan 3- Analyzing MLK Jr Speeches

Objective:  Students will view and analyze MLK Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech 

Handout Lesson Plan 3- Analyzing Great Speeches 

Additional Library Resources: (Note: students may download Access My Library App for Apple and Android devices to obtain access to Library Resources without a library card.)

Slavery in America Digital Archive
U.S. History in Context
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Civil War Politics and Racism
Thirteenth Amendment
Dred Scott v. Sanford

Additional Resources (Vetted Websites):
Slavery Timeline by PBS
Slavery in America
Emancipation Proclamation by
The King Center (MLK Jr. memorial and educational source)
MLK Online

Standards addressed21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness 

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Use systems thinking
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Access and Evaluate Information
Analyze Media
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others


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