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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Iceberg Diagrams

Encourage students to recognize the multiple causal factors behind an event from history, the present, or literature, using the visual of an iceberg.

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Jigsaw: Developing Community and Disseminating Knowledge

Students become “experts” on a topic and then share their new knowledge with peers.

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Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.

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Save the Last Word for Me

This discussion strategy helps students practice being both active speakers and active listeners in a group conversation.

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Socratic Seminar

Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.

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Think, Pair, Share

Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.

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Two-Minute Interview

Students interview classmates to gather evidence and ideas about a topic as they practice being active listeners.

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Wraparound (Whiparound)

Encourage all students to share their quick reactions to a question, topic, or text.

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