Analyzing Experiences: Carlotta Walls

What was life like in the American South following the Civil War? Scholars watch a video that discusses the aftermath of the Civil War and the events during the Reconstruction Period. Additionally, they continue reading Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way and write down details showing how the author might change due to the events in her life.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite individuals to draw pictures of their own family trees
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the second of 13 lessons from the consecutive Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1 series
  • Deals with sensitive issues of race
  • In advance of the lesson, prepare blank strips of paper as sentence strips
Pros
  • Includes tips for meeting diverse students' needs
  • Provides a graphic representation of Carlotta's family tree to support visual learners and struggling readers
Cons
  • None
Common Core