Teaching the historically jam-packed Antebellum Reform Era can be a challenge under the time constraints of the APUSH redesign curriculum. This analysis activity was adapted for the 2019 redesign (Topic 4.11) and has been effective for covering a lot of content with a strong level of understanding in a fairly short time. The analysis activity challenges students to define and analyze the success of reforms using a A-F grading scale (with clarified criteria - see preview). Students students grade/rank approximately 12 reforms, six categorized as moral and six categories and political/social reforms. No prep is required as this can be completed in WebQuest format as over 15 links are provided to sites/clips that provide analysis of various issues. Be sure to allow students to discuss agreements and disagreements with grades as this can lead to thought-provoking discussion/debate to promote a deeper understanding.
The topics embedded in the reform report card are as follows:
Part 1: Moral Reforms
-Second Great Awakening, Temperance (Maine 15 Gallon Laws), Education (Horace Mann), Prison/Asylum (Dorothea Dix), Transcendentalism (Emerson/Thoreau), Utopian Communities (various options)
Part 2: Social/Political Reforms
-Seneca Falls/Declaration of Sentiments (mini-analysis built in), Suffrage Leaders (Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony), Abolition (Douglass, Garrison, Nat Turner's Rebellion, and American Colonization Society)
Bonus: An excellent AP-Skills aligned comparison analysis activity doc and comparision-skill Short Answer Question (SAQ) are also included. Both compare the Antebellum Reform Era with the Progressive Era. This serves as a great review and AP Exam prep tool as the SAQ is aligned to the comparison SAQ question that has appeared on the past several AP exams. These analysis activities are compatible with my Progressive Era Reform Report Card or can be adapted to fit previous lessons.
-Reform Report Card Analysis Doc - (Google Doc - editable/shareable)
-Links - Over 15 links to websites and short clips provided (multiple sources for most issues allows students options to complete in WebQuest format)
-Antebellum vs. Progressive Era AP Skills Analysis Doc
-Comparison Skill Short Answer Question (SAQ)