In this activity, students will showcase the significance of several individuals during the Reconstruction Era and their contributions. Students should consider asking "Why is this important?" to guide their research. Students will create a spider map detailing the significance of at least three figures of the Reconstruction Era. Students should be encouraged to create two lists in their research labeled “Nice to Know” and “Need to Know” when they come across details and facts about their researched individuals.
For each of the individuals the students choose, they should include the individual’s name in the title, a brief description of their impact on the Reconstruction Era and a visual representation of their legacy. While they're researching, they may want to create two lists labeled “Nice to Know” and “Need to Know” to help them sort through information.
For an alternative assignment or a more in depth look at different major figures, students can create biography posters! This activity encourages further research into a person's life and accomplishments, and can be helpful for understanding how they came to make the decisions that influenced history.
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Character Map
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Choose three significant individuals from the Reconstruction Era and create a spider map storyboard that details who they are and what they did.
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