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In this assessment, students are required to respond to a prompt focusing on sectionalism in the United States just prior to the Civil War in the U.S. The assessment allows students to use high level thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis to respond to the prompt. Since there are numerous causes to this historical war, I assess my students on their understanding of sectionalism via essay, which allows them to choose from a multitude of factors that led to the Civil War. Generally, I arrange some in-class time for students to formulate (and type) their essays. I have attached a graphic organizer that shows numerous causes of the Civil War for teacher use only.
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Sectionalism Essay Assessment Description
Sectionalism Essay Rubric
Factors Leading to Civil War Graphic Organizer