Lesson details


Social Studies

English Language Arts


Inquiry-Based Literacy

Reading - Informational Text

Reconstruction, Industrialization, Progressivism



Formulate logical questions

Gather/evaluate information from primary/secondary sources

Meaning and Context-Provide objective summary

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Develop experiences/events/characters

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Develop real/imagined experiences/events

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Engage/orient reader

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Provide conclusion that follows/reflects experiences/events

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Use transitions to signal shifts

Recommended Technology: 

iPad/MacBook integration recommendations have been included.

Other instructional materials or notes: 

If you do have ipads/Macbooks for every child, create QR codes for each of the links and the students can scan them to get back and forth between the websites.  

Restoring the Union

2-3 hours
Lesson type: 
1:1 Lesson
Lesson overview: 

The students will be able to create either a free verse poem or journal entry as if they were a freed man during the Civil War Reconstruction Period in order to explain life in SC based on political, educational, and social opportunities in addition to discrimination during this period.  

Essential Question: 

How did life as a freed man change during the Reconstruction period in South Carolina?

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Lesson created by:
Mary Huffman
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