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This interactive Reconstruction Era activity for US History has your class assuming the roles of various people during the Age of Reconstruction and evaluating how they would feel about Reconstruction.
Students are assigned one of six characters (a women freed from enslavement, former plantation owner, teacher with the Freedmen's Bureau, etc) and must read the short biography to think critically about each aspect of Reconstruction. They then decide which parts of Reconstruction would be positive for their character and which would be negative.
After analyzing each of the 14 aspects of Reconstruction (the Amendments, carpetbaggers, sharecropping, Black Codes, scalawags, etc), students decide whether Reconstruction was a success or failure from that person's perspective.
This is an excellent higher-level thinking lesson that will help your students gain a deeper insight into the effects of Reconstruction on different people.
This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring this resource into Google Classroom!
The Google Doc version also includes links to online sources for students to research how each aspect of Reconstruction affected different Americans.
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