This is part 4 of an 8 part series on the causes and results of the Civil War. This reading w/questions (see preview) takes a step back from the politics of the 1850s to look at the origins of Abraham Lincoln, the coalition of free soilers and abolitionists who emerge in response to popular sovereignty, the rise of the Republican party, the division of the Democrats in the Election of 1860, the Constitutional Union party and the crisis of the border states, and the results of the election.
I started this series for my high school US History class, which includes both ELL students and regular students, because I was frustrated with the random approach we usually take towards explaining the causes of the Civil War. Each unit takes around 90 minutes. I send the PDF to their Amplify tablets, but it is possible to print these out, although they are lengthy. The questions are easy and keep students focused and engaged. It makes for a relaxing period of teaching for the instructor, who can focus on facilitating and not controlling the class.
Secession, Confiscation, and Ft Sumter
Election of 1860
John Brown, Abolitionists, and Slave Revolts
Part 2 Stephen Douglas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Thomas Jefferson, Expansion, and the Missouri Compromise