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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. 
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.
Students explore public sentiment regarding Reconstruction. In 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.
Students 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. Students create television reports on documents with information that led to the impeachment of President Johnson.
Students examine the Reconstruction Era. In this American history lesson, 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.
For this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Reconstruction Era. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about the causes and effects of Reconstruction following the American Civil War.
Eighth graders are introduced to the efforts of Reconstruction after the Civil War. In groups, they develop their own plan for Reconstruction and provide a mission statement which they share with the class. They must defend any conditions that they want to impose on the South.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Reconstruction lesson, students research details pertaining to Congress's role in Reconstruction. Students use the provided worksheets to record their analysis of several documents.
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.
Young scholars 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.S. from slavery through the present.
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. 
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. Next, groups create a presentation depicting one of the three perspectives. 
Eighth graders examine Lincoln's actions. In this lesson on the Reconstruction, 8th graders will use primary sources to determine if the actions of President Lincoln were Constitutional. Students will participate in a variety of activities that help facilitate personal reflection and discussion on both Constitutional powers and the Civil War.
Students analyze the process of Reconstruction after the Civil War.  In this U.S. History lesson, students discuss specific details about Reconstruction with the class, then complete a worksheet with multiple activities reinforcing the ideas they shared.
Eighth graders interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this Reconstruction lesson, 8th graders research the role of Reconstruction in South Carolina by simulating the environment of East Bay Street in 1877.
Students identify, summarize and present facts about cultural, educational and political inequalities of Reconstruction, explain hidden codes of slave spirituals and their importance in slaves' communication, and create poetry based on feelings.
Fourth graders investigate the Reconstruction Period. In this Reconstruction Period lesson, 4th graders view photographs of Virginia during this period. Students understand the effects on life in Virginia.
Eleventh graders research different documents pertaining to the reconstruction era. They present their findings to the class in structured presentations and unstructured discussions. Students compare and contrast their findings about reconstruction in the North and the South.
High schoolers 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.