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This unit addresses the five major causes of the Civil War: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown’s Raid, and the Election of 1860. The information is presented through a PowerPoint presentation that is ideally tailored to middle school students. Teachers may use the PowerPoint as a guide throughout their lesson which will include photographs, primary text sources, graphs/charts, and video clips. Handouts which correspond with all relevant portions of the PowerPoint are provided for students. Varying student activities are incorporated throughout each day’s presentation. The unit culminates with a stations activity in which students can demonstrate their understanding of the material through fun, yet relevant, activities of their choosing. (Packet includes multiple PowerPoints, Graphic Organizers, Station Activities and much more.)