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  1. The students will be able to describe the period of Reconstruction.
  2. The students will be able to describe the concept of sharecropping.

Sunshine State Standards Benchmarks:

SS.A.1.2.1 - SS.A.4.2.6 - SS.A.6.2.3 - SS.A.6.2.4 - SS.C.2.2.3


reconstruction reunite uncertainty relied
distressed sustain lacked salaries
sharecropping portion sustained reinstated

Suggested Activities:

  1. Have the students complete a vocabulary prediction confirmation activity for the vocabulary words from the passage.
  2. Have the students list the pros and cons of sharecropping from a freed slave's perspective.
  3. Have the sudents read and discuss the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship to all people born in the United States.
  4. Have the students research what some of the laws, or "Black Codes, " were in the southern states to oppress the former slaves.
  5. Complete and review FCAT questions.

(Note: Actual FCAT practice passages are wrtten at the students' independent reading level. These Florida History selections are written at the students' instructional reading level. Therefore, students should not be asked to complete the questions until after receiving class instruction on the vocabulary and content of the passage. Students should also read the Florida History selection independently before answering the FCAT questions and be permited to return to the selection for rereading as they answer.)

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