“Reconstruction Era“ goes over the events from 1865 to 1877. Reconstruction is a unit the kids do not know a lot about. If you present this as politics, that turns off a class quick. If you present Reconstruction as a power struggle, with back stabbing and corruption, throw in the struggle for black rights, more corruption, the KKK, and more corruption. Now you got something. They’ll listen.
Used in class –added to and edited over several years
>Looks at the different plans for reconstruction
>The political struggle between the President and the Radical Republicans in Congress
>Impeachment of Johnson
Reaction of the South to Reconstruction
>Southern use of voting restrictions(poll taxes, Grandfather clauses, etc.
>Black Codes, and Jim Crow laws.
>The rise of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction
>The Election of 1876, the Compromise of 1877 and the end of Reconstruction
>60 plus teaching slides
>images, political cartoons, maps, charts, primary documents, and >Student text notes for class.
>Holds the class interest and brings up a lot of discussion.
>Teacher notes and stories for class
>40 Assessment test/ quiz questions based on the slides
>Primary Documents on slides -Sharecropper contract and a Louisiana Literacy test
>Worksheet RAFT for Reconstruction ( Role-Audience-Format-Topic writing strategy)