The following is a 2-3 day (75 minute periods), common core-based bundle on secession and the opening stages of the Civil War. This bundle contains a worksheet and a 17-slide PowerPoint presentation. This lesson contains a variety of student-centered activities that promote critical thinking and class discussion.
Topics covered in this lesson:
• Secession of South Carolina
• Lincoln’s Inaugural Address
• Fort Sumter
• Causes of the Civil War
• North vs. South – military advantages
• War aims
• Battle of First Bull Run
Activities utilized in this lesson:
• Do now that appropriately sets up the lesson
• Primary and secondary source analysis
• Secession advertisement activity
• Causes of the Civil War graphic organizer
• Analysis of military advantages for both sides
• Two video clips (link included) – with questions
• Song Analysis (both songs included) – with questions.
• Almost 30 fact-based and critical thinking questions
• Enormous amounts of class discussion opportunities
Also included is a 17-slide PowerPoint presentation that contains photographs, charts, maps, and graphs.
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