How should the story of Reconstruction be told?  Students learn about the experiences of African Americans during Reconstruction using historical sources.  They examine examples of progress and oppression in the struggle for equal rights and explore the central question: Is Reconstruction mostly a story of triumph or tragedy for African Americans?  Students write a counterargument for whether Reconstruction should be remembered and taught as a triumph or a tragedy.



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Literacy in History/Social Studies
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1-8.2, 8.4-8.7
ELA Reading: Information Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1-8.2, 8.4, 8.5-8.6, 8.8-8.9
ELA Writing
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1, 8.4-8.5, 8.7-8.10
ELA Speaking & Listening
CSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1-8.3

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Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8.
Dimension 2: D2.Civ.1.6-8-6.6-8, D2.Civ.10.6-8., D2.Civ.13.6-8,
D2.His.1.6-8-6.6-8, D2.His.13.6-8-16.6-8.
Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8-4.6-8.
Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8-6.6-8., D4.8.6-8.