Welcome back! This week's Texas History Tuesday is all about Reconstruction in Texas. This time period is a time of a lot of change and can take a lot to wrap your head around, especially as a ten year old.
I like to start with a little of what they already know and build on their vocabulary from there. I have a set of Civil War and Reconstruction Vocabulary matchups that do just this. Students complete the sets that they know in their journals, and then we discuss what is left.
Next we use a circle map and tree map to discuss some of the important vocabulary. The two that I really try to hit home are the Freedman's Bureau and Black Codes. Each student completes their own circle map, and then we create one as a class.
To check for understanding we complete a sort of the impacts of the Civil War that affected the Reconstruction time period. This sort has students identify social, political, and economic impacts.
Finally, we assess using these Reconstruction Task Cards. Students LOVE these cards because they are self checking with QR codes. I have students complete all the questions, then check and fix their answer if necessary.
This time period is another one that is tough to find appropriate read alouds for, but if you have one leave me a comment and I will send you my Reconstruction products as a thank you!