Cloze worksheet with 19 fill-in problems in video order for students to complete as they watch "Reconstruction," an episode of the outstanding free online U.S. history documentary series, A Biography of America. Each episode lasts 1/2 hour and dives deep into a key topic in American history!
Free Online Streaming Episodes!
This worksheet is intended for use with Episode 7 of A Biography of America, an outstanding free online video series covering the vast sweep of American history. Produced by Annenberg Media, A Biography of America is available online at the following web address:
Each episode lasts approximately 30 minutes and provides a wealth of high-level primary sources and commentary on the history under study. The time frame of about half-an-hour of content makes the series an ideal addition to most high school classrooms. In the space of single class period, you will have time to both show the episode and discuss the content as you go over worksheet answers with the class.
Episode 12 Video Content: Reconstruction
"Professor Miller begins the program by evoking in word and picture the battlefield after the battle of Gettysburg. With the assassination of President Lincoln, one sad chapter of American history comes to a close. In the fatigue and cynicism of the Civil War's aftermath, Reconstructionism becomes a promise unfulfilled."
(Quoted from Annenberg Media)
About this A Biography of America Worksheet
This worksheet set includes several resources to help you use the episode effectively:
Lesson Plan Ideas
There are a number of ways you might approach using these worksheets and the accompanying videos in class:
Convenience Features Save Teachers Time!
These A Biography of America worksheets are set up to discourage students from writing directly on them. This is so that you can make one class set and use it across multiple classes for several years, saving you valuable time at the copy machine or making print-outs.
About the Series A Biography of America
“A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians -- Donald L. Miller, Pauline Maier, Louis P. Masur, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Douglas Brinkley, and Virginia Scharff -- present America's story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives.”
(Quoted from Annenberg Media)
The Closed Captions Option Facilitates Differentiated Learning!
The online video player includes a “CC” button which enables the display of English subtitles. These can be useful for students who learn best through multiple modalities: both reading and hearing at once. They can also be helpful for English learners and/or special needs students who may understand the program much better when they can read along instead of merely hear the narration.
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