Students can use this resource to read background information about causes of the Civil War, analyze related primary sources, and answer critical thinking questions. This is not an in-depth primary source analysis activity, but an overview of causes of the Civil War that incorporates primary sources.
After finishing the packet, students can complete a two-page review worksheet to show what they have learned.
This packet is aligned with the content covered in Virginia Studies VS.7a. Topics include economic differences between the North and South, slavery, abolitionists, Nat Turner, John Brown, the presidential election of 1860, secession, and the creation of West Virginia.
This packet also includes critical thinking questions aligned with the skills covered in Virginia Studies VS.1:
a) Identify and interpret artifacts and primary and secondary source documents to understand events in history.
b) Determine cause-and-effect relationships.
c) Compare and contrast historical events.
d) Draw conclusions and make generalizations.
e) Make connections between past and present.
f) Sequence events in Virginia history.
g) Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives.
h) Analyze and interpret maps to explain historical events.
Answer keys are included; many of the questions are subjective, but answers are provided where applicable. I recommend reviewing the answers during a class discussion.
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