Deeply analyze 6 Civil War era primary source documents, hearing the fight over freedom interpreted two very different ways- removing the shackles of slavery and the right to keep them on a fellow human being.
Featured voices in this collection:
- Escaped slave
- Pro-slavery supporter
- Chief Justice Taney in the Dred Scott decision
- Jefferson Davis
- Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address and his 2nd Inaugral Address
The effective HIPPOS framework directly targets Common Core critical thinking skills:
oint of View
honoring in practice the values you hold in word.
The Civil War chronologically and fundamentally marks the divide of our nation’s history, the time of slavery and the time since. The United States, founded out of a rebellion for freedom, was undeniably denying that very value and ideal to a large segment of its people.
As the fight to free the enslaved African Americans gained a footing, Southern voices argued for freedom of their own. As you explore this primary source set, challenge your students to answer, “How did the Civil War finally call Americans to face its founding value of freedom?”
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources that make this era one of our nation’s darkest days and most defining moment.
- Detailed lesson plans, with strategies for different reading levels
- 1-page definition sheet for the concept “freedom"
- 1-page HIPPOS reference handout and BONUS skill sheet Annotating a Text
- 6 2-page student worksheets with a short primary source document & graphic organizer sheet
- 6 accompanying HIPPOS answer keys, one for each document
- EDITABLE Word Doc with all 6 sources and generic graphic organizer sheet included
* If used in-class, plan for up to 60 minutes to deeply introduce, read, annotate, analyze, and discuss each document.
* These documents also can be easily assigned as part of a jigsaw or gallery walk activity, as homework, or to keep on hand for emergency sub plans!
* Depending on the included scaffolds you use, these documents can be accessed by a wide range of reading levels
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