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ERIC Number: ED472014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reconstruction of the South Jigsaw Puzzle. Eighth Grade Activity. Schools of California Online Resources for Education (SCORE): Connecting California's Classrooms to the World.
Kelly, Freda
The Reconstruction Era in U.S. history is an important time because the nation was trying to put itself back together after the tragic and devastating Civil War. Families had been ripped apart, and the Confederate States that had seceded needed to be brought back into the United States. Hard feelings, distrust, and hatred were the dominant emotions of the time. The nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty, is equated with the Civil War. Trying to put the nation back together again is the theme of this eighth grade activity. It asks student groups to develop a compromise that solves the 1876 presidential problem, unifies the country, and honors civil liberties. In the student group of six scholars, each student has a topic to research to gain an understanding of the events and/or people of the era. The group writes a three to four page plan to solve the problems and presents the plan to the class trying to convince them the group's plan is the best solution. One member of each group is responsible for making a Biography-in-a-Bag report. The activity details an eight step process; lists extensive resources; provides learning advice; addresses evaluation criteria; offers a conclusion; presents a reflection activity; suggests extension activities; states grade level/unit; addresses California state history/social science standards, information literacy skills, and literacy skills; states lesson purpose; lists teacher materials; discusses interdisciplinary connections; addresses adaptations for special needs students; and furnishes background information. Attached are brain-based grids. (BT)
Schools of California Online Resources for Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, 601 North East Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410-3093. E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California