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New Review Reconstruction After the Civil War
Learners draw an interesting parallel between Reconstruction after the Civil War and a child moving out from home in this lesson plan. They discuss the effect of the war on the Southern economy and region, and then engage in a simulation as a joint committee tasked with coming up with a plan for reconstructing the southern states and bringing them back to the Union.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History 32 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 54 Views 125 Downloads
Create a Magic Lantern Show; Freed People in the Reconstruction South
Engage your scholars by having them create "magic lantern shows" inspired by the film Dr. Toer's Amazing Magic Lantern Show: A Different View of Emancipation. As they study the South's Reconstruction through primary sources, learners evaluate three historical understandings: what was done to, for, and by freed people.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 16 Views 84 Downloads
New Review Plessy v. Ferguson & the Roots of Segregation
How far in the past do the roots of Jim Crow and segregation extend? Your young historians will closely consider this question using detailed PowerPoint slides as a basis for discussion rather than lecture, and culminating in an activity where class members create an exhibit for a museum on segregation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 29 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
US History Overview 2 - Reconstruction to the Great Depression
Ambitiously spanning American history from 1865 to 1941, this video discusses and clarifies topics such as women's suffrage, the sinking of the Maine, and the development of America as a world empire. Maps and photographs will engage your students' interest, as will the speaker's enthusiasm for his subject matter.
14 mins 8th - 11th Social Studies & History 22 Views 65 Downloads
After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans
Students describe issues or problems facing African Americans following Reconstruction. They explain possible solutions to these problems suggested in the sources you find, and cite arguments for and against these solutions.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 42 Downloads
A Look at Virginians During Reconstruction
Fourth graders examine slavery and Reconstruction in Virginia. In this Virginians during Reconstruction lesson, 4th graders research primary sources for the story of William Jasper and other slaves. Students hypothesize how rights became legal for free people.
4th Social Studies & History 4 Views 16 Downloads
New Review From Slavery to Sharecropping
Your young historians will learn about the history of sharecropping and tenant farming that developed after the Civil War in the United States, and then compare those systems with the institution of slavery after participating in a role-playing activity.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 34 Views 139 Downloads
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 instructional activity, 5th graders work in pairs where each student creates a building with blocks and draws it.
5th Social Studies & History 24 Views 155 Downloads
Students explain how the Civil War and Reconstruction both solved and created problems for our nation. They study how Reconstruction caused a further decline in relations between the North & South and how racism has been and is existent in the U.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 82 Downloads
The poetry of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
After a study of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the impact his death had on the country and on Reconstruction policy, class groups analyze primary sources that recount the writer’s response to Lincoln’s death. As guided practice, the whole class examines “The Nation Mourns” and completes an analysis worksheet.
6th - 8th Language Arts 17 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Study Guide: The Reconstruction
Test prep has never been so easy. Your class will answer each of the 37 study questions in order to get an A on the upcoming test on the Reconstruction era. There are four vocabulary words, 12 major events, six important people, two essay questions, and 13 main ideas to make the most of their study time.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 14 Views 48 Downloads
Chapter 18: The Reconstruction Era (Test)
Six pages and 41 questions await your class, as they show what they know about the era of Reconstruction. Each question asks who, what, where, when, or why, regarding the people, places, laws, and events related to Reconstruction. You can use this form as a test, for notes, or as a study guide.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 37 Downloads
Civil War and Reconstruction
Factual statements relevant to the Civil War, Reconstruction, slavery, and the 13th, 14th or 15th Amendments are started on each slide, prompting students to complete the sentence with an important term . There are 32 questions phrased quite clearly.
5th Social Studies & History 4 Views 54 Downloads
Freedom During the Reconstruction
Students debate whether African Americans were free during Reconstruction. In this debate lesson, 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.
6th - 7th Language Arts 22 Views 16 Downloads
The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of War
Students explore public sentiment regarding Reconstruction. For this Reconstruction lesson, students analyze primary sources for evidence of the political, social and economic stability of the U.S. following the Civil War. Students examine the attitudes that helped or hindered the Reconstruction process in essays that they compose.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 24 Views 59 Downloads
The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Politics of Reconstruction
High schoolers participate in a simulation as a Congress member to decide which policies to support in Reconstruction. In this Reconstruction era instructional activity, students read primary source documents to use as the basis for a mock debate.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 32 Views 96 Downloads
The Battle Over Reconstruction: The Aftermath of Reconstruction
Students examine the Reconstruction Era. In this American history lesson plan, students explore the condition of the United States following the Civil War as they read statistical data. Students analyze the Reconstruction policies to determine how well they helped mend the nation.
9th - 12th Language Arts 27 Views 127 Downloads