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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will showcase the significance of several individuals during the Reconstruction Era and their contributions. Students should consider asking "Why is this important?" to guide their research. Students will create a spider map detailing the significance of at least three figures of the Reconstruction Era. Students should be encouraged to create two lists in their research labeled “Nice to Know” and “Need to Know” when they come across details and facts about their researched individuals.

For an alternative assignment or a more in depth look at different major figures, students can create biography posters! This activity encourages further research into a person's life and accomplishments, and can be helpful for understanding how they came to make the decisions that influenced history.

Important Figures of the Reconstruction Era

  • Frederick Douglas
  • Hiram Rhodes Revels
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Joseph Rainey
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Horace Greeley
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Character Map



Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Choose three significant individuals from the Reconstruction Era and create a spider map storyboard that details who they are and what they did.

  1. Select three figures and research their significance and legacy.
  2. Write the names of each figure in the title boxes.
  3. Describe who they were and what their impact was in the description boxes.
  4. Create an visualization of them and perhaps one of their significant moments using scenes, characters, and objects.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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