Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation

Online Site Support Notebook: Web sites with Curriculum Materials

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Grades 3-5: "We Must Not Be Enemies: Lincoln's First Inaugural Address"

Students will understand the historical context and significance of Lincoln's inaugural

address through archival documents such as campaign posters, sheet music, vintage

photographs and documents.

Grades 3-5: "Slave Narratives: Constructing U.S. History Through Analyzing Primary Sources." In these activities, students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation.

Grades 6-8: "Eve of the Civil War: People and Places in the North and South."


Grades 6-8: "Eve of the Civil War: Factory vs. Plantation in the North and South"

How did the United States arrive at a point at which the South seceded and some families were so fractured that brother fought brother? After completing the lessons in the above two units, students will be able to list three differences and three similarities between life in the North and the South in the years before the Civil War and discuss how these differences contributed to disagreements between the North and South.

Grades 6-8: "African-American Communities in the North Before the Civil War"

What was life like in three free African-American communities between the American Revolution and the Civil War? What generalizations can be made about life in the North for African Americans? In this lesson, students will tour and/or read about some important free African-American communities in the North before the Civil War.

Grades 9-12: "Families in Bondage." This two-part lesson plan draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among many slave experiences to offer a look at slavery and its effects on African American family life.

Grades 9-12: "Attitudes Towards Emancipation." The objectives are to evaluate the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation; to trace the stages that led to Lincoln's formulation of this policy; to explore the range of contemporary public opinion on the

issue of emancipation; to document the multifaceted significance of the Emancipation

Proclamation within the context of the Civil War era.

Grades 9-12: "Spirituals." Among the objectives are to learn about the role spirituals have played in African American history and religion, and to examine Harriet Tubman's use of spirituals in her work for the Underground Railroad.

Other curriculum materials on the Web:

Grades 5-8: Civil War lesson plan with a good annotated list of fiction and biography about the era.

Grades 5-8: This unit provides resources for students in the 5th through 8th grade to focus on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Lessons are based Russell Freedman's 1988 Newbery Medal winner,
Lincoln: A Photobiography.

Grades 9 – 12: This lesson asks students to analyze John Brown's attitudes and actions against slavery and the differences between his views and those of other people who were active in the
Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement.

Book Links Magazin

has had several articles with bibliographies and lessons related to Emancipation and the Underground Railroad. See
Book Links (June/July 2002, p. 32) for "Flight To Freedom: The Journey Along the Underground Railroad"; and
Book Links (January 2000, p. 27) for "Struggle for Freedom: Slavery to Reconstruction."
Book Links’ web site is:

Primary grades:

A web site directed towards primary school children created by Loogootee Elementary School West, Loogootee, Indiana. Features pictures and some very thoughtful and age-appropriate classroom activities.