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Unit 1: The Era of Reconstruction. Lesson 1: 40 Acres and a Mule. Lesson Objective. SWBAT describe the promises of equality made to slaves during the Civil War and then assess the extent to which equality was truly achieved. Word of the Day/Initial Activity. Reparations

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unit 1 the era of reconstruction

Unit 1: The Era of Reconstruction

Lesson 1: 40 Acres and a Mule

lesson objective
Lesson Objective
  • SWBAT describe the promises of equality made to slaves during the Civil War and then assess the extent to which equality was truly achieved.
word of the day initial activity
Word of the Day/Initial Activity
  • Reparations
    • the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.
  • Answer these questions below based upon observations from the picture below
    • Describe what you see in this picture.
    • How might reparations help alleviate the suffering felt by slaves before the Civil War?
  • Discussion
    • Do you believe that reparations are an acceptable solution to the horror of generations of enslavement of African Americans?
promises to slaves turn talk
Promises to Slaves: Turn & Talk

C.S. Lewis, On Slavery

“But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.”

What is C.S. Lewis saying here? Chart

  • 1 minute to write down a response to this question:

What do you think life will be like for newly freed slaves?

How might slaves struggle with their new freedom?

  • Turn & Talk: 30 seconds per partner
  • Share Out
activity close reading
Activity: Close Reading
  • Focus Question: How did slaves struggle with their newly granted freedom during the early years of Reconstruction?
  • ReadForty Acres by Tod Olsen
    • Tips for completing this activity:
      • 1. Review the questions first to familiarize yourself with the focus of the reading (questions are chronological).
      • 2. Read the article carefully looking for keywords or phrases that stand out.
      • 3. Answer the questions in complete sentences.
  • Share Out
summary
Summary
  • Exit Ticket
    • In your opinion, how effective was America’s attempt to repay blacks for generations of enslavement?
  • Parking Lot
  • Develop one critical thinking question from today’s mini-lesson or activity.
  • Write onto post-it and place onto parking lot. You will address these questions as a class during the initial-activity each following day.
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