SCETV Deconstruct the Reconstruction Lesson Plan Contest Teacher Lesson Plan and Student Activity Contest

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In support of Henry Louis Gates’ debut of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War documentary, LearningWhy, a part of the ETV Education Division, offers the chance to showcase your teaching brilliance! LearningWhy is a lesson plan website for educators in South Carolina. LearningWhy offers Pre K-12 traditional, one-to-one and modified project-based, South Carolina standards driven, quality lessons. LearningWhy is partnering with Dr. Gates’ upcoming Reconstruction documentary to create the Deconstruct the Reconstruction lesson plan and activity contest.

This lesson plan contest will allow teachers and students in South Carolina the opportunity to showcase the integration of technology in the classroom and to demonstrate the 21st Century skills that are necessary for our students to be prepared for college and the workforce.

Teacher and Student Teacher Contest:

How to Enter:

  1. Login to LearningWhy (If you do not already have an account, you can easily register with LearningWhy and create a profile).
  2. Upload or use a lesson in LearningWhy on Reconstruction. Current lessons on Reconstruction in LearningWhy can be found here.
  3. Document your student’s learning with pictures and videos.
  4. Upload your images and/or videos (or links to your images and/or videos) to the Learning Outcomes page. The contest starts on Friday, February 1, 2019. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (Eastern Time, US) on Friday, March 1, 2019. Winners will be announced live on March 29, 2019

*Contact Sharla Brown at sbrown@scetv.org or 803-422-0233 if you have any questions.

*Contest rules found here.

Student Contest

How to Enter:

  1. Your students can showcase what they’ve learned in your lesson by creating a media project in one of the three following categories:
  • Black Leaders during Reconstruction
  • Significant Events i.e. resistance (KKK), development of schools and acquisition of land
  • Black Culture

2. The length of the presentation/video should not exceed 120 seconds (2 minutes), not including the 10 second title scene

3. All information presented in the presentation/video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.

4. Students should submit entries online at https://bit.ly/2Rzkhv0

Contest Details

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Entries may be submitted through the website starting on February 1, 2019. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (Eastern Time, US) on Monday, March 1, 2019. Winners will be announced live on March 29th, 2019 All entries must be submitted in digital format.
  • Students should keep at least one copy of their presentation/video.
  • Content must align with South Carolina Academic Standards. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by SCETV Education in its sole and conclusive determination.


Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891, artist. - http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c05555 Harper's weekly, 1868 July 25, p. 473.

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