Students struggle analyzing primary sources! These practice worksheets on Reconstruction combine primary source excerpts and images with skills to help students think through the different processes they will need to be successful on state exams. Traditional strategies are often not successful in helping students practice the thinking that is required for primary source analysis on state level exams such as the STAAR.
After a careful analysis of test released questions, I have determined that a majority of primary source test items are dependent on four specific Social Studies skills. I have created graphic organizers to help students think through each of these four specific skills: cause and effect, main idea, inferencing, and drawing a conclusion.
In order to help students practice the Social Studies Skills required of the STAAR, I have created a series of graphic organizers based on the thinking of each skill. In this resource, you will receive:
-An explanation of the thought process behind each skill,
–10 different primary sources on Reconstruction – each embedded into a graphic organizer that provides practice for your students with identifying the main idea, cause and effect, generating inferences, and drawing conclusions,
-A key for all of the graphic organizers!
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8th US History Social Studies TEKS
(9) History. The student understands the effects of Reconstruction on the political, economic, and social life of the nation. The student is expected to:
(A) evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments;
(B) explain the impact of the election of African Americans from the South such as Hiram Rhodes Revels; and
(C) explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups.
(12) Economics. The student understands why various sections of the United States developed different patterns of economic activity through 1877. The student is expected to:
(A) identify economic differences among different regions of the United States;
(C) analyze the causes and effects of economic differences among different regions of the United States at selected times.
(16) Government. The student understands the purpose of changing the U.S. Constitution and the impact of amendments on American society. The student is expected to:
(B) describe the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.
(23) Culture. The student understands the relationships between and among people from various groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious groups, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The student is expected to:
(C) identify ways conflicts between people from various racial, ethnic, and religious groups were addressed;
(D) analyze the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to our national identity; and
(29) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including technology. The student is expected to:
(A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;
(B) analyze information by applying absolute and relative chronology through sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
(C) organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;
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