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Reconstruction and Freedom

Reconstruction and Freedom (8.11.3, 11.1.4) IQ: What did African Americans need after the Civil War to be truly free? How did they define freedom? How free is free?


This lesson comes fairly early in the 8th grade unit on Reconstruction and asks students to analyze several primary documents in order to understand how formerly enslaved persons defined freedom and what they wanted out of that freedom.

Persian Viewpoints

Persian Viewpoints (6.4.5, 6.4.6, 7.1) IQ: What does the palace at Persepolis and the inscription at Behistun tell us about how the Persian rulers viewed their empire?

The conflict between Persia and Greece was a turning point for the Greek city-states, especially Athens. The study of the view points that led to this conflict allows students to examine how differing perspectives can lead societies into conflict. Students will be able to identify the viewpoints of both sides and determine how these views shaped their interactions and led to the PersianWars.