This engaging, collaborative assignment lets students create a unique timeline that evaluates the question of who is to blame for causing the Civil War. Rather than just a timeline, students plot events by creating a line graph tracking tension as well as cause-effect relationships. Students are able to develop historical thinking skills through chronological thinking, analyzing cause-effect relationships, and historical argumentation. This lesson includes a lesson plan, rubric, student directions, and a group reflection sheet.
Like this idea? Check out Interactive Timeline of the Causes of the American Revolution
Want more lessons for the Antebellum Era and causes of the Civil War? Check out "The Rise of Sectionalism: Debating Antebellum Economic Policy
" or "Why did Slavey Cause the Civil War? A Congressional Hearing Simulation