Lesson Plan

High School Lesson Plan, "Freedom at Antietam"

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Grade Level:
Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Civil War, History
Three Class Periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
-National Center for History in the Schools, UCLA, U.S. History Content  Standards, United States Era 5, Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)

-Common Core Standards, Common Core Standards, English Language Arts Standards » History/Social Studies


Students will read and evaluate primary and secondary resources and then complete and present a writing assignment based on the point of view of one of the persons they learned about.


Students will be able to:

-Evaluate provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln's reasons for issuing it, and its significance.

-Explain the causes of the Civil War and evaluate the importance of slavery as a principal cause of the conflict by analyzing the Emancipation Proclamation.

-Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.