85 fill-in-the-blank problems divided into two worksheets, one for each part of the PBS video. Includes a fast-grade answer key as well as one that shows answer in context to help with going over answers with the class!
MAKING VIDEO TIME PRODUCTIVE TIME!
Imagine seeing your students engaged, interested, and fully attentive during a video. These worksheets can help with that, giving students a concrete activity to keep them paying attention and on task as the documentary plays.
I think all teachers know that some students regard a video as "free time." These worksheet will help put an end to that attitude. Students will feel accountable for their time and learning and will have an engaging, hands-on activity to keep them attentive and involved with the historical period known as Reconstruction.
The worksheets provide students with more than 80 items to work on, each one focusing on a key detail or broad conceptual issue related to the Reconstruction era. At the same time, they will provide you, the teacher, with a variety of answer keys to help you personalize the way the worksheets are used in class.
ABOUT THE VIDEO
These fill-in-the-blank worksheets to help students understand and pay attention to
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War
, an episode of the award-winning PBS history series American Experience.
The video is usually shown in two parts when it plays on PBS or streaming services. Likewise, the DVD of the program has two parts. Each part lasts about two hours, making the video a comprehensive examination of the Reconstruction era. To match this structure, this set includes two worksheets, one to go with each part of the video.
ABOUT THESE RECONSTRUCTION WORKSHEETS
Each of the two included worksheets includes about 40 problems for students to fill in as they watch the documentary. All of the problems are in video order, allowing students to follow along as they view the program. The words and phrases they need to fill in are key ideas, helping them to zero in on what matters as they are watching.
TEACHER CONVENIENCE FEATURES IN THESE RECONSTRUCTION WORKSHEETS
The worksheets are designed to be reusable so that you can make one class set and use it with different groups of students, year after year. Save on ink, paper, and your valuable time!
Instead of giving students blanks to write on, the cloze problems are marked with a series of hyphens, which discourages students from writing on them. Instructions direct students to write all their answers on their own paper.
Teacher materials are also designed with your convenience in mind. For each part of the video there are three answer keys, each one designed to meet a specific instructional need:
1) a simple answer key that is best for fast correcting
2) an answer key that has all the context students were working with. This is best to use when reviewing the answers with the class or calling on people to supply answers, and
3) a full transcript of the video with answer words/phrases clearly marked. This key is best to use when you are conducting class discussions about the material in the video and you need a fuller context to enrich and deepen student understanding.
Each part of the video lasts about 2 hours. The worksheet for Part 1 has 45 problems for students to solve. The worksheet for Part 2 has 40 problems.
Thanks for considering using these materials in your own classroom!
Video Worksheets by Elise Parker, who wishes you:
Note: The video that goes with these worksheets plays on PBS stations on an occasional basis and is available for purchase from major video outlets including pbs.org. It may also available at times on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and the PBS app. A simple Google search is a good way to find out where it may be streaming at any given time.
For more information on the video, please visit:
Reconstruction, Deep South, Civil War, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, civil rights, African-Americans, African American experience, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln