First, I generally don't get to the Civil Rights Era no matter how much I try. The LEAP test always gets to me before I am really ready and afterwards I tend to jump back to cover chapters that got 'short-changed'. I always wished I did a better job but my number of teaching days were so limited plus all the interruptions take their toil also.
Now let me say how proud I am of these Chapter Task Cards but there is such a strange story that came about because of them. I began using some task cards years and years ago but I only have a limited few of them for each chapter. However, after a while I thought of a better 'daily opening activity' – my LaGumbos (found here on TPT).
I started creating and using them for a few years before testing and its 'Constructive Response' questions made me think back on my 'writing activities'. Therefore I came back, beefed up my Task Cards and made them a bigger part of my history class. I began using my LaGumbos Monday thru Thursday and my Task Cards on Fridays. It went well.
Print enough 'cards' for each Louisiana class you teach OR print and laminate to avoid printing a set each year. Then, cut them apart and hand them - one to each student - as they enter the classroom door. Allow student 10-20 minutes to create a paragraph about the task/question given them while you take roll, do the administrative things required.
You can use these cards on and over as you finish each chapter. There are enough cards so that generally no student will get the same card twice or three times.
Have students write on a separate sheet of loose leaf paper a ONE PARAGRAPH (5-8 sentences, in ink) answer to the 'card' they are given. Tell them that there may not be a right answer so you are only grading on the fact that they did come up with an appropriate answer and did explain it to the best of their ability.
Over the years I have told my student that history is full of "history questions" that may go unanswered by today's standards or even have a new and/or different answers. But, I love these types of questions because it makes students 'THINK' which is just why I love teaching history. Because most of history could be explain different today than yesteryear
I also included a blank set of cards for your own use. Email me if you have different questions about this set of task cards or questions I should have asked.
Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org