Juneteenth Worksheets

All About These 15 Worksheets

This series of 15 worksheets is an engaging and educational resource designed to honor and explore the historical significance of Juneteenth. These worksheets provide students with an opportunity to learn about the history, traditions, and cultural impact of Juneteenth, promoting understanding, empathy, and appreciation for the African American experience. Through a variety of activities, they will deepen their knowledge, foster critical thinking, and celebrate the importance of freedom and equality. Through these worksheets, students will:

  • Learn all about the history of Juneteenth and its socio-cultural significance;
  • Reflect on what Juneteenth personally means to them;
  • Enrich their vocabulary skills on terminologies related to Juneteenth through a range of word exercises like Unscramble Words and Trace and Draw;
  • Explain the symbolisms shown on the Juneteenth flag;
  • Read assigned passages related to Juneteenth and express their own thoughts;
  • And showcase their creativity through Juneteenth-themed exercises like writng an acrostic poem, collages, designing their own flag, and other drawing activities.

This series provides an immersive and educational resource for students to honor and explore the historical significance of Juneteenth. Through activities encompassing historical context, freedom reflections, symbols and traditions, poetry, and community awareness, students will deepen their knowledge, foster critical thinking, and celebrate the importance of freedom and equality. In summary, these worksheets promote cultural understanding, empathy, and inspire students to appreciate the significance of Juneteenth in the African American experience and advocate for justice and equality in society.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th, marking the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved African Americans in the state were free. This announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which declared that slaves in Confederate states were to be set free.

The news of the Emancipation Proclamation had not reached Texas until General Granger’s arrival, partly due to the ongoing Civil War and limited communication infrastructure at the time. Upon hearing the news, the formerly enslaved people in Texas began to celebrate their freedom, and the tradition of Juneteenth was born.

Today, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate African American freedom, culture, and achievements. It is observed with various events and activities, such as parades, festivals, educational programs, music and dance performances, and community gatherings. These events provide an opportunity to reflect on the struggles and progress made by African Americans throughout history and to continue advocating for racial equality and social justice.

On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday, recognizing the significance of this day in American history and honoring the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s progress.