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The Reconstruction Era 3-Week Unit

The Reconstruction Era 3-Week Unit


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Family on a plantation

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About This Lesson

This 13-lesson unit, adapted from our Reconstruction Era book and part of a larger collection on the history of the Reconstruction era, is designed to fit within approximately three weeks. In this unit, students investigate the challenges of creating a just democracy in a time of deep division. 

The resources included here have been selected and sequenced to deepen students’ ethical and moral reasoning, challenge their critical thinking and literacy skills, and engage them in a rigorous study of history. Each lesson includes guiding questions, pedagogical rationales, historical overviews, resources to use in your classroom (documents, images, videos, websites, etc.), and activity suggestions.

This unit supports Facing History's US History Curriculum Collection: Democracy & Freedom. The flexible units, C3-style inquiries, and case studies in this collection help you explore themes of democracy and freedom throughout your US history course.



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