Lesson 6: Successes and Failures of Reconstruction
Time Estimated: 2 days
- Evaluate the successes and failures of Reconstruction
- Create a museum exhibit compiling items they have used during the unit
- Explain the significance of these items and analyze if Reconstruction was a success or failure for the United States and for African Americans (see materials below for project directions and rubric).
In the final lesson, students will evaluate the successes and failures of Reconstruction. They will compile items they have used during the unit, along with new items they created to make a museum exhibit about Reconstruction. In the culminating project, they will explain the significance of these items and analyze if Reconstruction was a success or failure for the United States and for African Americans. (See materials above for project directions and rubric)
In the Culminating Project, students have some options in the exhibits they will create, so they can choose based on what content interests them and what products they create. The project could be pared down for struggling learners or slower workers. Students can use their talents to add personal touches to their exhibits: artistic displays, written information, graphs, charts, or maps. Students can use their strengths and interests to create differentiated projects that provide a variety of ways for them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content.