Reconstructing a Nation

Think back to the aftermath of an family dispute. The awkwardness of having to make up, get along, and move forward can be very difficult. The tenth lesson of a 22-part series on American history examines the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. Scholars work together examining primary sources, proposed legislation, and data to uncover and present how the lives of freed slaves, victorious northerners, and solemn southerners merged back together. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign members to each group to play to the strengths and facilitate collaborative learning
  • Have students brainstorm the aftermath of an argument with a family member or a friend, list the commonalities they come up with, and compare to the aftermath of the Civil War (a family fight)
Classroom Considerations
  • Overhead projector and transparencies mentioned in lesson, adjust to today's technology as needed 
  • Resource provides detailed reflection questions for use during the video clips
  • Lesson includes printable worksheets and materials 
  • None