Political Spectrum on Steps Leading to the American Civil War

Political Spectrum on Steps Leading to the American Civil War
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This is my favorite activity that I developed! Understanding all of the political laws and people leading to the Civil War can be overwhelming. To help break down these concepts and to help my kinetic-tactile learners, I designed a movement activity with an accompanying handout with a line with pro-slavery on one side and anti-slavery on the other. Included on the line are 14 different boxes. Using their word bank for the 14 boxes, along with 9 names that can be added as branches, students fill in a box , where they believe it falls on the spectrum, every time we learn a term. For example Missouri Compromise would go in the middle. To add movement to this activity, I printed up one page signs for each term and have students stand in front of the class holding their sign and showing where on the spectrum it goes. I have a line drawn also on the board and we attach magnets to their signs after we agree on the placements. As we learn more terms, we may need to rearrange some of our ideas so I have students use pencil on their sheets. We do this almost every day for an entire unit. This is a great way to incorporate higher order thinking,and we have some great debates. I have included a key also.
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17 pages
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3 Weeks
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