How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable?
The Reconstruction era, most commonly viewed as the period from 1865 to 1877, was a monumental struggle for freedom and democracy in the face of violent backlash. The study of the Reconstruction era in American history is essential to an understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today.
During this three day seminar, we will examine this significant period in US history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. Using teaching materials and resources created by Facing History and Ourselves and New Visions for Public Schools you will learn to teach the Reconstruction Era using an approach that helps students connect this history and its legacy to the choices they make today.
In this seminar you will learn to:
- Plan a unit of study, built on Facing History and New Visions teaching materials and resources
- Implement new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
- Explore themes such as historical memory, justice and civic participation in the teaching of this history
After this seminar you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
- Receive coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom
Recommended for middle or high school U.S. history, social studies, or humanities educators.
CTLE hours are avaialble for this seminar.