This seven day unit addresses some of the various political events on the road to the Civil War. These events are the Missouri Compromise, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Crittenden Compromise. Often students are taught about the Civil War in a matter of fact way that leaves them feeling disconnected from it. Students are not encouraged to develop a sense of passion regarding the subject matter. This unit attempts to help students learn about the political events that led to the Civil War in an interactive and interesting way. This unit also contains a lesson on the opposing ideologies of both sides of the war. It is hoped that after this unit, in addition to factual and historical wisdom, the students will have a sense of the pain, conflict, passion, and trials that the Americans of the Civil War era experienced.
Includes alternative assessment for unit project and Bloom's levels for objectives.
Unit is in PDF format. Student handouts and assessments also included in Word format for editing if desired.