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Teaching About Reconstruction of the U.S. After the Civil War


This post is for my friends that begin their American History course with a Reconstruction Unit. I will share lesson ideas that I used during my years of teaching Part 2 of U.S. History and in my AP class. In my Part 2 U.S. History classes, it had been several years since students had taken the first half of U.S. History in 8th grade, yet at that time in Texas they were still tested over it in 10th and 11th grade. Even though this has changed with our new end of course test, I still might consider starting with a quick review of early American history. If you would like to begin with a review, here is a fast and effective way to do it. In fact it is a way to cover any large chunks of content fast and effectively. It is a combination of a jigsaw, learning center and carousel activity.

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Review of American History Part 1: Learning Center Carousel

Diary of a Freedman, Former Confederate, Carpetbagger, etc.:

Inner/Outer Circle:

A Silly Song to Remember Reconstruction Amendments:

Pros and Cons of Reconstruction Debate:

Plans of Reconstruction Chart:

Plans of Reconstruction Report Cards:.

Johnson Administration Flow Chart:

HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) Daily Practice







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