Reconstruction

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The lesson introduces students to the time period following the Civil War known as the Reconstruction Era.  It was a contentious period which often mirrors moments in society and politics today.  The students are given a summary of the causes of the Civil War, and then the healing of a nation, plus the rebuilding of the Southern states, both literally and ideologically.  Because there is so much that can be discussed related to Reconstruction, teachers are encouraged to use the additional online resources which are age appropriate and can fulfill your technology requirement.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons related to the Civil War.

Reconstruction Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Reconstruction
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the time period following the Civil War known as the Reconstruction Era.  It was a contentious period which often mirrors moments in society and politics today.  The students are given a summary of the causes of the Civil War, and then the healing of a nation, plus the rebuilding of the Southern states, both literally and ideologically.  Because there is so much that can be discussed related to Reconstruction, teachers are encouraged to use the additional online resources which are age appropriate and can fulfill your technology requirement.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons related to the Civil War.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask: What usually happens following a war?  How does it affect persons, places, things, and ideas?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to be specific with their responses.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Reconstruction.
  4. Distribute Reconstruction content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies.  Circulate through the room ensuring students remain on task during the assignment.  Allow Internet access for further research and additional dates to include on the timeline.
  6. Once completed, each pair of students will present their timelines to the class. Ask students to share two or three events with the class, including 1 of the 3 additional events added to the timeline.
  7. Use the rubric to assess students’ work.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask: Do you believe any nation’s citizens will always agree on everything? Will there always be verbal conflicts and disagreements within a country?  Why or why not?

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2     CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies