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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 5. Analyze the political, economic, and social goals of Reconstruction

Objective b. Explain how the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments addressed the issue of civil rights through abolition, the granting of citizenship, and the right to vote

To make sure that students understand the provisions of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, divide the class into three groups and assign each group one of the amendments. Direct the students to read, in pairs, the actual text of their assigned amendment and discuss the meaning of the text. Have volunteers share their findings with the class, and clarify the meaning of each amendment. Next, ask students to imagine that they are employees of the Freedmen’s Bureau who must explain the meaning of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Direct students to draft the script of a public service announcement or commercial explaining the provisions of each amendment and their significance for the lives and futures of the freed slaves and for the nation as a whole.

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