Freedmen's Bureau Teacher Resources
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Learners examine the African American experience after they received their freedom after the Civil War. They complete a Mind Map, read and analyze a poem, and write a paragraph using key vocabulary words. They analyze the impact of the Freedmen's Bureau, complete graphic organizers, and participate in a Reader's Theater.
What price Freedom! Civil War and Reconstruction
Fifth graders become familiar with the events of Reconstruction and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. In this reconstruction lesson, 5th graders work in pairs where each student creates a building with blocks and draws it. Their partner then reconstructs their building. Students use primary sources and gather facts about the Reconstructive Period after the Civil War.
The Freedmen's Bureau: Success or Failure?
Students analyze causation concerning Reconstruction policy. They evaluate the success of the Freed men's Bureau concerning land distribution. They examine several documents relating to the Freedmen's Bureau's goal of providing land for freedmen.
Fourth graders research Reconstruction after the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson, 4th graders look at the new laws that were passed after the Civil War in Virginia and the South. They sort photographs, complete a graphic organizer, and study new vocabulary.
Discovering the Past/Considering the Future: Lessons from the Eastern Shore
Students study how the Freedmen's Bureau improved the living conditions among blacks on Maryland's Eastern Shore. They examine Social, Political, and Economic improvements and answer questions.
The Freedmen's Bureau Graphic Organizer
In this American History worksheet, 11th graders analyze the goals of the Freedmen's Bureau. Students list the wants of ex-slaves.
Reconstruction and the Changing South
An amazing resource, with images, rich text, and working hyperlinks. It covers one of America's most horrible crimes against humanity, slavery. Thankfully a change took place during the Reconstruction Era. Learn about the laws, key players, amendments, and opposition to movements to abolish slavery.
After Reconstruction: when is the Struggle Over? 1880-1948
Seventh graders become familiar with historical trends by studying the period from 1880-1948. In this After Reconstruction lesson, 7th graders participate in a research project and emcee a panel discuss similar to Meet the Press. Students locate events in African American history highlighting problems of African Americans.
Civil Rights through Photographs
Students examine why racial tensions continued after laws were put into place to try and create equal treatment. In this two part Civil Rights lesson, students explored the causes of the movement through photography and a PowerPoint explaining the Jim Crow Laws and segregation. Through images, students can see the pain that the African Americans went through to get to this point. Students reflect and discuss.
African American Poetry: Songs of Protest and Pride
Learners are introduced to various time periods in history in which African Americans wrote songs and poetry to cope. In groups, they travel between different stations to listen or read poems and music from the Civil War period, Civil Rights Movement, etc. For each poem or music, they answer discussion questions and write their own poem appropriate for the time period.
Song of Solomon By Toni Morrison
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 14 essay and short answer questions about Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Students may also use the provided link at the bottom of the page to access a multiple choice quiz based on the selection.
The Education of Freedmen...and Women and Children
Students examine political debate surrounding Freedmen's Bureau, use primary sources to explore trials and successes of effort to educate newly-freed slaves of all ages, research reasons for creation of Freedmen's Bureau, discuss President Johnson's reasons for vetoing legislation, and produce written descriptions of some Freedmen's schools and students who benefited from them.
A Better Way
Students increase awareness of organizations that grew out of necessity and increased social consciousness during the Civil War and Reconstruction. They trace the origins of three organizations founded for the common good. They link organizations of the past and present.
Bridges for All: Better Way
Middle schoolers explore organizations founded for the common good. In this character education lesson, students read about organizations that developed for the common good during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In small groups, middle schoolers present this information to the class.
Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
Students examine the impeachment proceedings of Andrew Johnson. For this U.S. Constitution lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on the details of Andrew Johnson's impeachment and Reconstruction. Students respond to discussion questions following the lecture.
The Great "What If" Question. How might American history have been different had Lincoln lived?
Eleventh graders study the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In this American History lesson, 11th graders analyze documents related to Reconstruction. Students participate in a debate on Reconstruction.
Was Reconstruction a Revolution?
Young scholars interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Reconstruction lesson, students research details pertaining to Congress's role in Reconstruction. Young scholars use the provided worksheets to record their analysis of several documents.
Chapter 8: Reconstruction
In this Reconstruction worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages regarding Reconstruction plans and respond to 44 short answer questions.
Civil War Project
Students explore U.S. history by creating a research project/presentation. In this Civil War project lesson, students create a history project based on one of 20 Civil War topics of their choosing. Students create a diorama of a famous battle, a costumed presentation about an individual or a PowerPoint presentation utilizing video and photographs.
Writing a Social Studies Essay
In this social studies essay worksheet, students follow the provided steps listed in the graphic organizer to write their own social studies essays. Students also read a sample essay about the U.S. government.