After Reconstruction: Problems of African Americans in the South

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Subject(s): Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Computers for Students, Internet Connection
Instructional Time: 5 Hour(s)
Keywords: reconstruction, African American
Instructional Component Type(s): Lesson Plan WebQuest Assessment Image/Photograph Resource Collection
Instructional Design Framework(s): Writing to Learn, Cooperative Learning
Resource Collection: CPALMS Charter: Social Studies

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Lesson Plan

Reading Like a Historian: Radical Reconstruction:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Why was the Radical Republican plan for Reconstruction considered "radical?" The teacher first uses a PowerPoint to review the Civil War and introduce the challenges of Reconstruction. Students then analyze and answer guiding questions about 3 documents: a speech by Thaddeus Stevens, a Radical, and 2 speeches by President Andrew Johnson. A final class discussion evaluates the Radicals' plan and compares it to Johnson's approach: Which was more likely to unite the country?

Type: Lesson Plan