~8th Grade Reconstruction Webquest~

Introduction-

The end of the Civil War raised many difficult questions for citizens of the country and created new issues for the leaders of the country to resolve
The time period after the Civil War was known as Reconstruction. This era had its success and failures. Even though slavery ended, African Americans were still not treaded as equals. Many important amendments were added to the constitution but were ignored in the south.

Task-
Your task is to answer each of the 17 short answer questions listed below regarding the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War. When you think you are finished answering all of the questions you must have your answers reviewed and approved. Once your research work is approved, you will work individually to complete a research project on one of the following topics of interest.
  • Life of a freed slave after the civil war in the south (discrimination/Ku Klux Klan)
  • Compare and Contrast all the Reconstruction Plans
  • 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
  • Southern Economy after the Civil War
  • Collapse of Reconstruction
  • Importance of Plessy vs. Ferguson
  • Lincoln’s assassination

*Once you pick the topic you want your project to be on you can choose one of the following ideas to complete your project
  • Detailed comic strip using ComicLife
  • PowerPoint Presentation or Prezi presentation
  • A detailed/creative GoAnimate video
  • An interactive jeopardy game or review game covering the topic
  • Essay/Research Paper or a children’s book


Procedure- Step 1: Answer 17 short answer questions. Answers to all questions can be found in Chapter 17 of our History text books starting on page 494. You may also use internet sources for your research if a website link or URL is provided with that particular question. Be sure to cite or record your information sources to avoid plagiarism.
Reconstruction Plans
1) What was Lincoln’s Plan for reconstructing the south after the civil war. (Describe them)
2) What did congress do in reaction to Lincoln’s plan?
3) What was the 13th amendment? http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=37

4) Who is John Wilkes Booth?
5) Who was Andrew Johnson?
6) What was his plans for reconstruction?
7) What was the reconstruction plan set up by the Radical Republicans?
8) Why was Johnson impeached? http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=509
The Freeman
9) What where the black codes?
10) What was the 14th amendment? http://www.history.com/videos/this-day-in-history-7281868---14th-amendment-adopted#this-day-in-history-7281868---14th-amendment-adopted
11) What was the 15th Amendment
12) What was the supreme court case of Plessy vs. Ferguson? http://www.streetlaw.org/en/Case.4.aspx
http://www.history.com/videos/brown-vs-board-of-education-separate-is-not-equal#brown-vs-board-of-education-separate-is-not-equal
13) When did the Ku Klux Klan form and why did they form?

Southern Economy
14) What is share cropping? http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/reconstruction/section3/section3_planters.html
15) What is tenant farming?
16)What where Jim Crow laws?
17) List some examples of how they were used? http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/history/creating.htm


Step 2: Submit your answers for review and teacher approval. Be sure your answers are in your own words and in complete sentences, and remember to cite your information sources.
Step 3: Choose only ONE of the 7 different research topics available.



  1. Life of a freed slave after the civil war in the south (discrimination/Ku Klux Klan)
  2. Compare and Contrast all the Reconstruction Plans
  3. 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
  4. Southern Economy after the Civil War
  5. Collapse of Reconstruction
  6. Importance of Plessy vs. Ferguson
  7. Lincoln’s assassination

Step 4: Decide what type of project you are going to develop. Choose one from the list below...

  • Detailed comic strip using ComicLife
  • PowerPoint Presentation or Prezi presentation
  • A detailed/creative GoAnimate video
  • An interactive jeopardy game or review game covering the topic
  • Essay/Research Paper or a children’s book

Step 5: Research projects must be completed and submitted prior to presentations which will begin in class on...Friday, May 27th.

Assessment-

Question sheets will be worth 33% of final project grade.Research Projects will be worth 33% of final project grade.Presentations will be worth 33% of final project grade.