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Allow your students to read primary documents to understand the three major plans for Reconstruction. These documents include the main points of Lincoln's, Johnson's and the Radical Republicans plan for bringing the South back into the Union, decisions to punish or pardon Confederate leaders and opinions on rights for newly freed slaves.
This resource includes:
Reconstruction Plans Graphic Organizer
Small Document Set
Large Document Set
These documents can be used several ways in the classroom. You can allow students to work individually with the more printer friendly small document set. I typically have students work in groups to help each other understand the plans. I like to print a large document set for each group. I put each document in a plastic page protector so students can use dry erase markers to underline and annotate the documents. It can easily be erased so the documents can be used for another class and even the following year!