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.
This differentiated lesson includes:
1. a problem-solving activity (you choose the group size depending on student population)
2. video clip
3. writing activity
4. political cartoon
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 clip 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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