LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE
TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY PROJECT
The Lesson Plan Template is to be completed by participants enrolled in the TAH
activities. Participation in the grant activity requires that each teacher create a plan that
compliments the topic of the TAH thematic activity.
This project should be no more than 2-3 pages.
One month after the completion of the TAH activities, please e-mail completed
lesson plan form to Sha Lyn Weisheit so that it may be added to the ESC website.
A self-assessment rubric must be completed and attached to the e-mail with the
lesson plan. Once received, paperwork for the stipend (if one is to be provided)
will be processed.
Title of TAH Event: US History Classwork
Teacher Name: Dawn Marie Myers
Lesson Title: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation Grade
Source: The Americans, Text
Standards to be addressed:
Language Arts: I-C Demonstrate critical thinking skills to evaluate information and
solve problems. Use language persuasively in addressing a particular issue by finding and
interpreting information effectively.
Social Studies: I-B United States. Analyze and evaluate the impact of major eras, events,
and individuals in US history since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Explain the course
and consequences of the Civil War and how it divided people in the US, to include the
purpose and effect of the Emancipatiin Proclamation.
Body of Lesson:
Introduction: While the Civil War began as a war to restore the Union, not to end
slavery, by 1862 President Lincoln came to believe that he could save the Union only if
the goals of the war were broadened. The Emancipation Proclamation is regarded as
marking this change in the goals of President Lincoln's war policy. President Lincoln
proclaimed the freeing of the enslaved AFrican Americans living in the states of the
Confederacy which were in rebellion. Students will be able to explore the obstacles and
alternatives faced in making the journey toward a more perfect union.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this assignment, students will be able to
understand the Emancipation Proclamation and its intended effect on the Civil War;
understand the steps leading to President Lincoln's policy; explore the African
American's opinion of the Proclamation; and understand the significance of the
Hook to Engage Students: First, I will ask the students to share what they think they
know about the Emancipation Proclamation and about President Lincoln. I will then give
them a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln's
Second Inaugural Address and instruct them to read the documents. Next, they will
answer a set of questions pertaining to the documents.
Body of Lesson: After reading the Emancipation Proclamation, the students will be
divided into small groups and will use the computer lab to research President Lincoln's
Emancipation Policies to understand how war plans changed the course of the war. Each
group will report their findings.
Websites needed: Copies of documents were accessed through the National
Archives and Records Administration.
Questions (4-5 thought-provoking questions to stimulate discussion or prepare
students for a written assignment):
1. Upon what authority does Lincoln issue the proclamation?
2. Why does the proclamation only apply to slaves in certain states?
3. What does President Lincoln encourage the freed slaves to do and not do?
4. How does the language of the Emancipation Proclamation differ from the Gettysburg
Address or the Second Inaugural Address?
5. How significant is the Emancipation Proclamation in our view of President Lincoln as
a national leader?
Activity to Compliment Lesson: The students will read the letter The Mother of a
Northern Black Soldier to the President, July 31, 1863, and consider who wrote the letter,
under what circumstances the letter was written, what request is made, and what can be
learned about emancipation from the letter.
Lesson Assessment/Wrap-up: Upon completion of the activity, the students will use the
computer lab to answer trivia questions about Abraham Lincoln, his presidency, and his
Homework: Not assigned. However, an additional activity if time allows would be to
have the students read the letter of a Massachusetts Black Corporal to the President,
September 28, 1863 and understand the complaints made to Lincoln of unequal pay for
white and African American soldiers.
Reflection on Lesson Presentation: As I prepared for this lesson I had the opportunity
to use the Smithsonian website which I had never used before. I found this site to be very
informative and will use it again in the future. The information retrieved helped to
improve my knowledge of this topic.
The students enjoyed the trivia activity the most. They struggled with the reading of the 3
documents and I probably should have read them aloud and had the class discuss each
document before moving on to the next.
As a new history teacher I can improve my knowledge base of the topics to be taught and
I am doing so by reading the assigned text as well as the knowledge I am gaining through
the Teaching American History program.