Civil War Document-Based Essay Question
Documents, Graphic Organizer, Outline, Essay Question, Rubric
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Aim: Causes of the Civil War
Included in this resource:
• Title page
• Historical Context and Task Question page
• 6 documents ranging on the causes of the Civil War: Slavery, Sectionalism, States' Rights, Secession
• Causes of the Civil War graphic organizer
• Causes of the Civil War DBQ Essay Outline for student use
• DBQ Essay Rubric
• Suggested Answer Key for Teachers
Students will read, research, analyze, and critically think to answer scaffolding questions based on the documents and their knowledge of the Civil War. They will complete the graphic organizer and outline using their notes and knowledge. They will then write their essay answering the task question using all of the information gathered.
★ NOTE: I use this DBQ with my students in grades 7 and 8. I usually split the work into three (3) lesson periods - Day 1 working on the documents, Day 2 working on the outline and graphic organizer, and Day 3 writing the essay. Your use is based on YOUR discretion.
Adheres to Social Studies Common Core Standards - research, application, literacy, vocabulary, argument
Differentiation: cooperative (may work with a partner(s) according to teacher's discretion for scaffolding questions and graphic organizer)
★ You can find all of my Civil War lessons and activities HERE!
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Civil War DBQ Essay ASSL
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Cover page digital paper by Ashley Hughes
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