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Called a "bloodless opening to the bloodiest war in American history", the firing on Fort Sumter marks the beginning of the American Civil War.
This lesson begins with the aftermath of Lincoln's inauguration. Eleven states have joined the Confederacy and a federally-controlled fort is deep inside it: Fort Sumter. Students complete a problem-solving activity in which they put themselves in Lincoln's shoes and weigh their options regarding the fort. Then students choose a strategy and have to defend their choice. The lesson continues watching a brief video clip (under 3 minutes) that discusses facts surrounding the incident. The lesson concludes with a writing activity in which students create a headline and short news story about the firing on Fort Sumter. The headline and story must clearly reflect the point of view of either a northerner or southerner. If time permits, have student volunteers share their news story and have the class decide, based on the language used in the headline and story, if the article was written by a northerner or a southerner.
This download includes:
1. Student handout with background reading, problem-solving chart, video analysis questions and headline/news story template.
2. Power point corresponding to the student handout. The video is hyperlinked in the power point.
***3. Bonus activity (political cartoon analysis) for your higher-ability students who may finish the writing activity early***
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