"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think, and feel."--Abraham Lincoln

On this page you will find suggested assignments based on the videos and resource materials. You can download:

  1. a detailed description of each video scene
  2. questions based on each scene
  3. a list of vocabulary and definitions that come from each scene
  4. a list of vocabulary used in the context of a quotation that suggests its meaning, for gaining further facility with the words
  5. questions that focus on the struggle for black human rights in the decades since the Civil War
  6. short answer questions and writing prompts suitable for 5th and 6th graders
  7. critical thinking questions that apply lessons learned to the students' own lives. The form can be downloaded and typed into directly. Golden Gate Opera is interested to see student responses from those who would like to share them.
  8. we further encourage educators to bring their own questions and topics for discussion to their students, and/or to apply the suggested material to the level of students they teach

video scene descriptions

A detailed description of each of the ten video scenes
Detailed scene descriptions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 132.0 KB

civil war vocabulary

Civil War Vocabulary
Definitions of words related to the Civil War as used in the video scenes from Emancipation: The Opera
Civil War Vocabulary.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 221.8 KB

questions for each video scene

Adobe Acrobat Document 146.7 KB

vocabulary: quotations

Vocabulary: Quotations
Discuss the definitions of important words in Emancipation: The Opera
Adobe Acrobat Document 142.4 KB

civil rights/blm questions

Civil Rights/Black Lives Matter Questions
These questions stimulate thought and discussion about the Civil Rights era and the years beyond, up to the present.
Civil Rights BLM questions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 82.9 KB

suggested questions for 5th/6th grade

Suggested Questions/Writing Prompts for 5th & 6th Graders
Short answer questions (and an answer key) and writing prompts suitable for 5th and 6th graders
Suggested questions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 109.4 KB

critical thinking questions form

Critical Thinking Questions Form
These are questions that can be answered at or near the end of the course.
Critical Thinking Questions form.docx
Microsoft Word Document 29.9 KB