Imagine seeing your students engaged, interested, and fully *awake* 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.
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.
These fill-in-the-blank worksheets to help students understand and pay attention to the video Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, an episode of the award-winning PBS history series American Experience.
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.
This video has two parts on DVD. When it comes to the student and teacher materials I have prepared, the two parts of the video are treated separately. For each part, there is a fill-in-the-blank worksheet for students to complete as they watch the video. All problems are in order; key statements have words or phrases blanked out. As students watch the video carefully, they fill in the missing words or phrases.
Teacher convenience is a hallmark of my products.
Therefore, 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.
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.
The preview file will provide you with the first 10 problems off the Part 1 Worksheet, along with all the teacher materials that pertain to those 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 websites such as Netflix, YouTube and United Streaming, as well as via the PBS app. Just Googling the name of the video will help you see where it might be available at any given time.
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Reconstruction, Deep South, Civil War, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, civil rights, African-Americans, African American experience, Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln