Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit


Looking for engaging activities and lesson plans for teaching about Virginia during and after Reconstruction? This Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets, passages and questions, assessments, and much more! Save time planning and your students will love learning about Virginia Studies as they complete the hands-on activities.

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Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit

Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit is a hands-on unit that combines history and language arts skills. Everything you need to teach a unit about the history of Virginia during and after Reconstruction can be found here!

For a closer look at the activities in this unit, see the preview video and images at the top of the page!

What skills are covered in this Virginia Studies unit?

This unit includes 4 detailed lesson plans. All lesson plans are hands-on and incorporate literacy skills. Students will investigate–

  • The problems Virginia faced during Reconstruction
  • Efforts made to resolve problems during Reconstruction (The Freedmen’s Bureau and sharecropping)
  • How African Americans gained rights during Reconstruction and lost many of those rights because of Jim Crow laws
  • The effects of Jim Crow laws on African Americans and American Indians
  • The effects of segregation and discrimination on Virginians
  • How railroads, cities, and new industries contributed to the growth of Virginia after Reconstruction

What is included in this Virginia Studies unit?

This Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit comes with:

  • 14 Worksheets
  • 6 Timeline Cards
  • 4 Close Reading Passages & Comprehension Questions: All of the passages and questions can also be shared with students digitally and completed using Google Slides.
  • 3 Hands-On Activities: Hands-on activities include activities such as  creating a brochure for Virginia.
  • 3 Entry/Exit Tickets
  • 2 Writing Activities
  • 1 Group Activity
  • 1 Quiz
  • 1 Final Test
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities included within this unit and provides links to websites featuring videos about concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys included throughout

Students will become fully immersed in learning about Virginia during and after Reconstruction as they complete hands-on activities, watch video clips, and research past events!

Are digital activities included?

All of the passages and comprehension questions, most worksheets, the quiz, and the test within this Virginia Studies: Reconstruction Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides. Video tutorials are also included to help you share interactive Google Slides with your students.

What standards are covered?

This unit is specifically aligned with Virginia Studies SOL VS.8. The unit has been updated to reflect the 2015 changes to the standard.

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