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8th Grade Social Studies GLE (Stinnett & Daugherty)

 "Was American Reconstruction policy successful integrating former slaves into southern society?" 


Nebraska State Standards:

SS 8.4.2 (US) Students will analyze the impact of people, events, ideas, and symbols upon US History using multiple types of sources

SS 8.4.4 (US) Students will identify causes of past and current events, issues, and problems

AASL 21st Century Learner Standards:

1- Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge

2- Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

3 - Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

Handouts, Rubrics, Notes Pages, Etc.

MLA Citations

You must give credit to your sources (websites, database articles, etc).  We will use the link below to enter your citation information and create a bibliography page.

Political Cartoons



 (The members call each other thieves, liars, rascals, and cowards.)

COLUMBIA: “You are aping the lowest Whites.  If you disgrace your race in this way you had better take back seats.” Source:  Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist who drew for a New York magazine called Harper’s Weekly.  This cartoon was published on March 14, 1874.

Political Cartoons


Source:  Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist who drew for a New York magazine called Harper’s Weekly.  He supported the North’s side during the Civil War. This cartoon was published in 1865.

Assignment Requirements


Students will compose a written explanation as to why they believe reconstruction was successful or not using at least 3 primary source documents as evidence. The primary sources must be attached to the final submission.

  • The written component will include the following information

    • A general statement as to whether they feel reconstruction was successful or not (thesis)

    • For each primary source document included:an explanation of the document, where it was found, etc. An explanation as to how it supports the student’s viewpoint.

    • A concluding statement explaining how the student thinks the success (or non-success) of reconstruction has affected our society today.If written format will be from the time period’s perspective, concluding statement will be about how it will affect society in the future.

  • The written component could take the form of any of but is not limited to the following:

    • Traditional paper with intro, body, conclusion in descriptive style as learned in Language Arts.

    • Newspaper editorial (either from the time period or from today’s perspective)

    • Diary entry from a person alive at that time.This person could be of any racial background or social status.

    • Informative article in a newspaper from the time

    • Informative blog entry from today’s perspective

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