The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.
Teach students to carefully read material by having them underline key words, write margin notes, and summarize main ideas.
Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.
Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.
Help students approach challenging texts by breaking down content into manageable pieces.
Teach students how to decode an essay prompt with this four-step procedure.
Use a graphic tool to help students centralize and organize evidence as they prepare to respond to a writing prompt.
Assess students’ understanding, monitor their questions, or gather feedback on your teaching by having them turn in exit cards.
Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.
Get all students involved by asking them to show their stance on a statement through their positioning around the room.
Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.
Students seek out and share ideas and information with classmates through this cooperative learning strategy.
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