This 15 day complete unit covers the Civil War and the period of Reconstruction, 1861-1876. The unit examines: the political, military, economic and social strategies, triumphs and failures of the War itself; the Emancipation Proclamation; the experiences of African-Americans and women in the War; Presidential Reconstruction; Congressional Reconstruction; and the ultimate failure of Reconstruction and the birth of segregation and the Jim Crow South. This is a “warts and all” examination of this period of history; it is both a story of triumph and tragedy as well as one of heroes and villains – some of whom were both, depending on how one looks at them.
This unit is based upon and complements my textbook “We Take Nothing by Conquest”
, and is designed for both the novice and experienced classroom teacher as it contains everything needed for the full course. These materials – all of which have been battle-tested in the crucible of my own 8th grade classroom - include:
*a 78 page Teacher’s Guide which provides day-by-day and step-by-step instructions how to teach the unit and use all of the materials;
*47 pages of informative and interesting text, divided into nine chapters (the complete tenth and final unit of the textbook);
*an inquiry based study guide for each chapter to focus students on the main points and supporting details;
*quizzes for each chapter;
*PowerPoints with answers to the study guides for review, and including pictures and maps to stimulate discussion and enhance understanding;
*a fun board game activity for one chapter concerning the impact of the War on African-Americans and women;
*Seven Cloze activities for seven chapters;
*three primary source activities: one on the Gettysburg Address, one on the Reconstruction Constitutional Amendments, and one on the Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decisions;
*a PowerPoint Quiz Show review game;
*a test prep study guide;
*and a unit test (with answers).
Answer keys and grading guides for all study guides, activities, quizzes, and project are included in the Teacher’s Guide. Materials are provided as word documents and PDFs in one zip file.
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