When I was a kid, I didn’t care much about history lessons. All these facts about people that lived ages ago, and things that happened when my great-grandparents weren’t even born yet, bored me. Until 7th grade, when we got a teacher that turned history facts into stories. And suddenly, the lessons became fun adventures with heroes and villains!

Using a graphic organizer like the Character Analysis Map on your smart board, you can make Abraham Lincoln the hero in your story about the Emancipation Proclamation. Discuss his character and personality traits with your students, and fill in the map.

To allow the students to understand where the “story” took place, you can use the activity, Map of the United States. With this you can show your students which States were affected by the Proclamation. You can, for example, draw a line surrounding these ten States. In Google Images , search for a picture or document relating to the Emancipation Proclamation and add it to the map!

In Gynzy’s Image Library you can find pictures of people that fought for equality. Use the graphic organizer, Timeline Chart, to show what happened and when it happened in this “story”. By bringing it to the interactive whiteboard and making it more visual, students will love your history lessons!

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