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The Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Mind Map
  • Timeline
  • Poster

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American History to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American History to life with comics and storyboards.

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The Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

As a class, read "The Emancipation Proclamation" by Abraham Lincoln (available online).

Opening Discussion

Before reading The Emancipation Proclamation, discuss the following:

  • What have you learned about the history of slavery?
  • What do you know about abolitionists and the abolition movement?
  • What are the key dates and events in the history of slavery and the end of slavery?
  • Who are the important historical figures of the slave trade and abolitionist movement?
  • What is Abraham Lincoln famous for?
  • What does the word "emancipation" mean?
  • What do you already know about The Emancipation Proclamation?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Close Reading Quote Analysis

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Paraphrase Main Ideas

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Comic Strip or Mind Map
    5 Ws

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of the events leading up to the issuing of The Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster to illustrate the opposing perspectives concerning the emancipation of slaves.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

After reading The Emancipation Proclamation, discuss the following:

  • Who does The Emancipation Proclamation free?
  • Who does The Emancipation Proclamation NOT free?
  • What common misconceptions are believed about The Emancipation Proclamation and Abraham Lincoln that are not true?
  • Were you surprised by anything in The Emancipation Proclamation? Why or why not?
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Pixton Activity: The Emancipation Proclamation 1 Close Reading Quote Analysis

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Students will read "The Emancipation Proclamation" by Abraham Lincoln (available online), and choose four excerpts or quotes that are written in difficult or archaic wording, and paraphrase their meaning in modern wording.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to paraphrase the meaning of four quotes in your own words:

  • Label the main idea in the panel title.
  • Include the quote in each panel.
  • Paraphrase each main idea in your own words.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Storyboard

Close Reading Quote Analysis by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Emancipation Proclamation 2 Paraphrase Main Ideas

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Students will read "The Emancipation Proclamation" by Abraham Lincoln (available online), and paraphrase the four main ideas or rights granted to slaves.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to paraphrase four main ideas or rights granted in The Emancipation Proclamation:

  • Label the main idea or right in the panel title.
  • Paraphrase each main idea in your own words.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Emancipation Proclamation 3 5 Ws

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  • Comic Strip
  • Mind Map

Intro

Students will read "The Emancipation Proclamation" by Abraham Lincoln (available online), and summarize the 5 W's of the text:

  1. Who wrote it?
  2. What is it?
  3. When was it written?
  4. Where does it apply?
  5. Why was it written?

Instructions

Create a five panel Comic Strip or Mind Map to illustrate the 5 Ws of The Emancipation Proclamation:

  • Illustrate the 5 Ws using appropriate dialogue or descriptions
  • Include an appropriate illustration.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

5 Ws "Emancipation Proclamation" by Student

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