How Effective were the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau?

Effective or ineffective? As part of a study of post Civil War America, young historians analyze a series of primary sources to evaluate the effectiveness of the Freedmen's Bureau in addressing the challenges faced by the slaves freed by the Thirteenth Amendment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the reading of, the responding to, and the sharing of responses to the documents as homework in preparation for an in-class discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the creation of a class account (through Google classroom for example) for learners to share their responses to the documents
  • Ensure that all class members have Internet access
  • Presumes a protocol for such out-of-class, online discussions has been established

  • All the documents my be viewed online, saving the cost of copying
  • Responses can be shared with other class members

  • None