PRO Resource: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (Beta)

Primary Source: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation

Paired Text - Time Machine (1853): “Twelve Years a Slave”: the case of Solomon Northup

Background Knowledge: Presidential  Profile : Abraham Lincoln

Learning Objective:

  • Students will be able to use two historic documents to evaluate the influence of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. After reading students should be encouraged to have a discussion or complete writing task.

Newsela PRO Features:

  • Instructions
  • Recommended Annotations
  • Write
  • Paired Texts

Grade Levels:

  • Activity can be modified to all grade levels, however, some content may be best fit for mature readers.
  • Younger readers can gain background knowledge by reading the Presidential Profile of President Lincoln.

Activity:

  • First read the article “Twelve Years a Slave…” an account about a free man that was captured into slavery. Then read the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862. Students will use Annotations to reflect on the conditions of slavery and the influence of emancipation as they read. After reading, students will either discuss or write based on the following question: How does Solomon Northup’s journey to freedom parallel the statements made by President Lincoln in his Emancipation Proclamation?
  • PRO Instructions: (Teacher Note: Assign on Time Machine and Emancipation Proclamation)
    • First read the account of Solomon Northup (1853). Highlight evidence in GREEN that suggests the conditions of slavery, then Annotate to explain your reasoning. Highlight evidence in RED that is confusing or surprises you and Annotate to explain your reasoning. Next read the Emancipation Proclamation (1862). Highlight evidence in YELLOW that outline changes to slavery in the US and Annotate to explain your reasoning. Highlight evidence in RED that is confusing or surprises you and Annotate to explain your reasoning. After reading both articles, complete the Write prompt on Lincoln’s address.
  • Write prompt: (Teacher Note: Edit on Emancipation Proclamation)
    • How does Solomon Northup’s journey to freedom parallel the statements made by President Lincoln in his Emancipation Proclamation?

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