Freedmen's Bureau Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
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.
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.
Easily broken into pieces for several class sessions, this presentation is a great way to transition your class out of a Civil War unit and closer to the 20th century. Engaging photographs, including relevant maps and humorous political cartoons of the time, will draw your history students into this slideshow. The slides are well-organized and easy to understand; some resizing will make the presentation even easier to read.
In this online interactive history quiz learning exercise, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Reconstruction Era. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
Learners 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, learners present this information to the class.
Fourth graders research Reconstruction after the Civil War. In this Civil War activity, 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.
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.
Eighth graders study the life style of Virginians during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War. They examine how the infrastructure, the economy, and the agricultural status of Virginia and the other Confederate states changed due the war. Finally, they research the measures the were instituted to solve the state's problems.
Young scholars 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.
In this American History worksheet, 11th graders analyze the goals of the Freedmen's Bureau. Students list the wants of ex-slaves.
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.
A reading of a New York Times review of the movie Beloved launches research into how the Civil War affected the lives of people living during this period. Creative thinkers select a person from an included list of historical figures and others involved in the war, and craft a first-person narrative. A list of questions that writers should try to answer in their narratives is included.
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.
Eighth graders examine the impact of Reconstruction on South Carolina. In this Reconstruction lesson, 8th graders use primary documents to research sharecropping and freedman's contracts in the agricultural South following the end of slavery.
High schoolers are introduced to the importance of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation. As a class, they discuss how each of them would respond in different scenerios if they were a young African-American. They also examine other cases dealing with this issue and discuss the importance of equality in the United States.
Students debate whether African Americans were free during Reconstruction. In this debate instructional activity, students use primary documents to support their argument as to whether African American were free during the Reconstruction period. Students read the documents, answer guiding questions, and complete graphic organizers before engaging in the debate.
Students examine why racial tensions continued after laws were put into place to try and create equal treatment. In this two part Civil Rights activity, 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.
Eleventh graders investigate the significance of the Kensington Mansion. In this South Carolina history lesson, 11th graders take field trips to the mansion and research primary and secondary sources about plantations, sharecropping, and tenant farming. Students also examine plats similar to Kensington's and explore how the land was divided.