Lesson Plan

Life Before the Civil War

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American life before the Civil War was very different from American life today. To show this difference in a full spectrum, learners compare two communities that illustrate the differences between Northern and Southern life. Throughout the fourth installment of a five-part series, they discover everything from different entrepreneurship strategies of the time to different styles of music based on region.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate for ELLs by providing them with pictures of activities for comparison where needed
  • Consider putting scholars into groups and assigning each to one category for analysis
Classroom Considerations
  • Preparation time includes either printing out various resources or ensuring pupils have Internet access and a computer to view the resources needed 
  • Multiple types of texts give you a lot of sources for a  compare and contrast analysis
  • A variety of assessment and extending learning options provide flexibility
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