In the activity, students will read about, discuss, and explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in historical texts about the right for a state to secede from the Union.
The activity looks at opposing viewpoints from three different people (primary sources): James Buchanan, Jefferson Davis, and Frederick Douglass. The Zip file contains a Power Point, a handout with the texts, and a graphic organizer.
After going through the PP, discussing the viewpoints, and filling out the graphic organizer, I split my class into three groups; one for each viewpoint. I have them further discuss their assigned viewpoint/person in their groups. After that, we have our own debate during which we express and debate the three viewpoints.
I love how my students stay engaged and think throughout the activity; especially the debate at the end. My students always enjoy this activity and your's will too!
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