Wilmington Insurrection Case Study Lesson

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Students of History
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This powerful lesson on the Wilmington Insurrection (or coup d'état) is presented as a case study analysis for what happened in the South after the end of Reconstruction.

In 1898, a violent mob overthrew the legitimately elected local government in Wilmington, the only successful coup in US History.

The download features a complete lesson plan for your classroom. It begins with a warm up activity to help students understand the differences between a riot, uprising, coup d’état, and insurrection.

Students then receive a 2-page source analysis worksheet that use for analyzing the 8 sets of primary sources.

The primary sources all include descriptive captions that explain the sources in context and help students understand what happened in Wilmington and why.

The sources can be analyzed in groups, individually, at stations, as a gallery walk, or at student desks.

There are also editable Google Slides and Google Docs versions included for use online.

The lesson plan details how to use all the resources ion your classroom and also features links to online sources and videos for extension.

A complete answer key is also included for your convenience.

This resource can also be downloaded as part of my Reconstruction Unit Plan Bundle!

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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