Unit Plan

African American Voices and Reconstruction: What Does It Take To Secure Equality?

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High schoolers research the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, as well as other primary source documents, to determine Reconstruction's impact on the North and South. The 34-page inquiry-based lesson includes a staging question and supporting questions that set researchers on their path. Formative performance tasks scaffold for the summative performance task that asks scholars to craft an argument, using evidence from their research, to respond to the compelling question of what it takes to secure equality.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource during February's Black History Month
  • Plan for extra prep time to collect and prepare the many resources required for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a project device to display the Fifteenth Amendment Celebration image
  • Includes an optional Taking Informed Action extension activity that has participants put to use what they have learned about addressing unequal treatment under the law
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