Sectionalism, Popular Sovereignty and Secession
Students read and discuss background material on several key decisions that played a role in the Civil War including the Missouri Compromise, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dredd Scott Decision. They create a timeline and write an essay.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 142 Views 288 Downloads
Seeking Historical Detectives to Discover Who Was John Brown?
Young historians act as detectives in order to examine the characteristics of controversial abolitionist John Brown in the 1850s, working to identify his ultimate mission regarding slavery and the larger impact he had on the Civil War.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Popular Sovereignty Under the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Seventh graders examine the implications of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. In this slavery activity, 7th graders examine a map of 1820 America and discuss the balance of power implied by the map. Students then read Stephen Douglas's speech on...
7th Social Studies & History
To Secede or Not to Secede: Events Leading to the Civil War
Should a teacher be allowed to "secede" from a school with his/her class and start a new program within the school? This question will guide your young historians as they learn about the road to secession prior to the Civil War in the...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A House Divided: Slavery and the Civil War
What efforts were made by Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union, and how did the Emancipation Proclamation signal a shift in the aims of the Northern states? Young historians answer these questions by analyzing primary sources and...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Just War or Just a War?
What, if anything, makes a war "just"? This is an interesting and important question to explore with your class, and you can utilize an excellent lesson plan to support your group inquiry. The American Revolution and the War of 1812 are...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Popular Sovereignty and the Lecompton Constitution
Students explore the purpose of the Lecompton Constitution. In this United States History lesson, students read several articles then complete several activities to reinforce their reading, such as a cause and effect worksheet,...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I
Listen and analyze as the narrator explains why he identifies World War I as "the war to change all wars". In summarizing the events of the Great War, this episode also details the particular experiences, fears, and motivations of...
11 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular Sovereignty and the Political Polarization over Slavery
Students examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 affected the political balance between free and slave states and explore how its author, Stephen Douglas, promoted its policy of popular sovereignty to avoid a national crises over...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History