Lesson Snapshot

1. Engage:  Students should journal about a time they argued with someone, how it was resolved, and any regrets/wishes they have about the situation—was it resolved appropriately? If they could change something, what would that be?                 

2. Explore:  Playing the role of Congress, students will “Four Corners” different scenarios for Reconstruction after the Civil War.

3. Explain: The teacher will explain what actually happened during Reconstruction.

4. Extend/Expand: The students will “jigsaw” two primary sources—one arguing that Reconstruction was a failure and one arguing that it was a success.

5. Evaluate: After reading, analyzing, and discussing the two primary sources, students will articulate in their own words whether Reconstruction was a failure or a success, using textual evidence to support their claims.