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Activity Overview


Developing historians should also have the ability to evaluate laws. During Reconstruction, several laws and amendments were enacted to help guarantee rights to the newly emancipated. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was one of the first to attempt to guarantee these rights in a tumultuous post-war society.

Using a storyboard, students can evaluate the document for perspective, audience, and significance. Consider having students take the perspective of one of the various Civil War figures. Using the suggested guidelines of main idea, setting, evidence, perspective, and significance, students will develop a deep understanding of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and how it impacted society.


Extended Activity

Students can create the same analysis for another law or amendment during the Civil War and Reconstruction. By comparing the aims of two or more documents, students will be able to gain a better understanding of the different ways each document attempted to remedy the issues at hand.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/2] Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that evaluates the Civil Rights Act of 1866, examining the main idea, setting, evidence, perspective, and significance of the document.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each title box with Main Idea, Setting, Evidence, Perspective, and Significance.
  3. Write a summary for each in the description box.
  4. In each cell, create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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