Facing History and Ourselves has produced a series of freevideos and accompanyinglessons that introduce a rigorous study of the Reconstruction era into American history classrooms. The video series presents interviews with scholars who offer insight into this complex history and address questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship that are at the heart of the Reconstruction era. Facing History has also developed a completeunit with 16 lessons and many primary source documents from the era. The unit, available in print, ebook, and downloadable PDF, guides students through a deep exploration of the Reconstruction era while enhancing their ethical decision making and capacity for emotional growth. Thewriting strategies that supplement the unit will help teachers to guide students through the process of organizing their ideas and crafting a thesis in response to the writing prompts; writing and editing drafts; sharing their essays; and reflecting on the writing process.
The New York Times Learning Network is sponsoring Flocabulary’s Year in Rap writing contest to ring in the new year. Students aged 13–19 are encouraged to write a rap that highlights the year’s biggest news stories.
University of Richmond’s Visualizing Emancipation aggregates and visualizes various information related to slavery during the American Civil War: its legality according to the US government, movements of US Army regiments, and documentation of the institution’s destruction. Learners can view maps based on particular options, such as Union Army Location, or filter by a source (for example, personal papers) or event (African Americans helping the Union).