Students will reflect on theses skills within their individual reflections.
Students were asked to think critically about reconstruction to investigate different perspectives regarding its outcomes.
With little economic power, blacks ended up having to fight for civil rights on their own, as northern whites lost interest in Reconstruction by the mid- Radical Republicans in Congress might have impeached President Lincoln after the Civil War, had he not been assassinated, because he and Congress had contrasting visions for handling postwar Reconstruction.
Ultimately, however, Congress ended up impeaching President Andrew Johnson, who followed many parts of Lincoln’s blueprint for Reconstruction.
Students use Google docs to collaboratively complete the research task sheets along with constructing the final persuasive paragraphs.
The teacher modeled how to evaluate sources using the research task sheet along with the importance of developing questions to guide their investigation.
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, all of the former Confederate states had drafted new constitutions, acknowledged the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, and pledged their loyalty to the U. federalism debate that had been an issue since the s.
The teacher challenged students to question their own initial response to whether reconstruction was a success or failure and to find reasons why others may have felt differently.
Having students question their own beliefs not only to elaborate on their own thinking but on why others may have thought a certain way requires high level of critical thinking skills.