1st Edition

Engaging With History in the Classroom The Post-Reconstruction Era (Grades 6-8)

By Janice I. Robbins Copyright 2014
    234 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Engaging With History in the Classroom: The Post-Reconstruction Era is the third in a series of middle-grade U.S. history units that focus on what it means to be an American citizen, living in a democracy that expects as much from its citizens as it provides to them. In every lesson, students are asked to step into the world of the post-Reconstruction and industrialization era, to hear about and to see what was happening, to read the words of real people, and to imagine their hopes, dreams, and feelings. Students also learn to question the accounts left behind and to recognize different perspectives on the amazing changes in the social, political, and economic profile of America. Resources for teachers include a running script that's useful as a model for guiding conceptualization as well as extensive teacher notes with practical suggestions for personalizing activities.

    Grades 6-8

    Acknowledgements Unit Overview Lesson 1 What New Conflicts Occurred After Reconstruction? Lesson 2 Was Reconstruction Successful? Lesson 3 What Was the Impact of Jim Crow Laws? Lesson 4 How Might Equality Be Achieved for African Americans? Lesson 5 What Motivated People to Move West? Lesson 6 Was Westward Expansion Manifest Destiny or a Hostile Takeover? Lesson 7 What Really Happened in the American Indian Wars? Lesson 8 Did Immigrants find America the Land of Opportunity? Lesson 9 How Did the Industrial Revolution Change the Nature and Conditions of Work? Lesson 10 Were the Industrial Leaders Captains of Industry or Robber Barons? Lesson 11 How Did Labor Unions Emerge? Lesson 12 What Have We Learned About the Post-Reconstruction Era? References Appendix A: Concept Development Strategies About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Janice I. Robbins, Ph.D., is an instructor in gifted education at the College of William and Mary. She was formerly Curriculum Chief for the Department of Defense Schools worldwide as well as a district gifted coordinator, principal, and teacher.

    . . . For a new teacher without any curriculum options at his or her disposal, this is an incredibly rich resource. For a teacher with an existing curriculum, it is useful as well—one in which the teacher can “choose their own adventure,” picking from some well-thought-out course material, deciding what offerings best supplement their current content in the classroom and what suits their teaching style and objectives . . . . Overall, this is an extremely worthwhile tool for United States History teachers to have on the actual or virtual bookshelf. The four-book series can be used by any teacher, regardless of where they are in their career, to enhance their curriculum.,Jody Passanisi, Shara Peters ,MiddleWeb, 4/5/15
    Primary sources and authentic artifacts enhance history lessons and help to create inviting learning environments for students while developing in-depth conceptual knowledge. Janice I. Robbins and Carol L. Tieso present a series of four books that entice middle school students to explore . . . The books are replete with lessons, handouts, and thorough instructions for teachers to build knowledge and perspective in their classroom while following history curriculum standards.,Gifted Child Today, 12/17/15