Reconstruction Era Unit for Special Education US History


Total Pages 137 pages PLUS 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks



Reconstruction Unit contains over 130 pages plus 32 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on the Reconstruction addresses the changes that occurred immediately following the Civil War in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material whether learning about Amendments to the Constitution or carpetbaggers. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the Reconstruction. This repetition encourages a true understanding of the importance of the Reconstruction. Finally, many of the Reconstruction activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

This unit is a great companion to my unit on Civil War (see link below).

✩✩✩ This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 32 google slides that include a differentiated set of slides. There is a movie version of the book included as well. THESE WOULD MAKE A GREAT INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER FOR YOUR CLASSROOM.

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Reconstruction Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 10 days of lesson plans
  • Reconstruction activities in color
  • Reconstruction activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Reconstruction book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities



Reconstruction Activities:


  • 25-page book on the Reconstruction (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • Vocabulary cards with cut and paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map to review main facts of the Reconstruction Era (includes digital version)
  • Important people and events review booklet on the Reconstruction (includes digital version)
  • Amendment collages that occurred during the Reconstruction (includes digital version)
  • Sudoku vocabulary puzzle (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Reconstruction Assessment (includes digital version)



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

Please consider checking out my unit on the Civil War: