The Reconstruction Era Teaching Strategies

The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.


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Analyzing Images

Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.

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Annotating and Paraphrasing Sources

Teach students to carefully read material by having them underline key words, write margin notes, and summarize main ideas.

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Barometer: Taking a Stand on Controversial Issues

Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.

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Big Paper: Building a Silent Conversation

Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.

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Chunking

Help students approach challenging texts by breaking down content into manageable pieces.

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Dissecting the Prompt

Teach students how to decode an essay prompt with this four-step procedure.

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Evidence Logs

Use a graphic tool to help students centralize and organize evidence as they prepare to respond to a writing prompt.

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Exit Cards

Assess students’ understanding, monitor their questions, or gather feedback on your teaching by having them turn in exit cards.

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Fishbowl

Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.

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Four Corners

Get all students involved by asking them to show their stance on a statement through their positioning around the room.

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Gallery Walk

Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.

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Give One, Get One

Students seek out and share ideas and information with classmates through this cooperative learning strategy.

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