Sectionalism Unit Bundle | 8 Resources Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, John Brown

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In this 8 resource unit bundle on Sectionalism and the Irreconcilable Period, you receive a variety of resources to enhance any unit on the build-up to the American Civil War, including the Dred Scott Decision, John Brown, Bleeding Kansas, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and much more!

Purchase this bundle and save almost 20% over buying each lesson separately! Buy the bundle and save a bundle! Also, each resource (except the bundle quiz) includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!

In this bundle, you receive:

✔ 1.) The Sumner Caning: One Step Closer to Civil War! Engaging & Interactive! Students complete an engaging video graphic organizer as they learn about the brutal "Sumner Caning" between Charles Sumner and Preston Brooks. Then, students anticipate why this time period is known as the "irreconcilable period."

✔ 2.) The Webster-Hayne Senate Debate! Students analyze the Beginnings of Civil War! Students learn the beginnings of sectionalism with the debate between Daniel Webster and Robert Hayne that took place in the United States Senate.

✔ 3.) Kansas and Nebraska Act & the beginnings of Lincoln Douglas Debates! Engaging! Students begin with an introductory reading on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the idea of popular sovereignty, and the role of Stephen Douglas. Then, students examine two speeches -- one from Abraham Lincoln and the other from Douglas -- to understand stand their views on slavery in the United States.

✔ 4.) Lecompton Constitution: Students analyze the debate over Kansas! Civil War! Enjoy the background reading and engaging primary source activity to learn about the controversial Lecompton Constitution in Kansas!

✔ 5.) John Brown: What are the two sides to John Brown? Students examine a variety of sources in a very friendly manner on the life and legacy of John Brown. Students examine his childhood, his experiences in Kansas (during Bleeding Kansas), and on his plot at Harper's Ferry. Then, students look at how others (both northerners and southerners) viewed John Brown.

✔ 6.) Dred Scott Decision! The Argument, Ruling, Reaction, & Civil War! Common Core! A background reading with essential questions begins this lesson, then students read region-specific newspaper articles (primary sources from the time) to understand how the North and South reacted to the Dred Scott case!

✔ 7.) Nat Turner's Rebellion! A Student Webquest: Should Turner Be Remembered? Students take part in a web quest where they investigate the story and legacy of Nat Turner. In the end, students make a claim (and back it up with evidence), does Nat Turner deserve to be remembered or forgotten?

✔ 8.) Sectionalism and The Irreconcilable Period Quiz! Buildup to Civil War! 1850s! A mega-matching group quiz to assess learning!



The Sectionalism Bundle is included with the much larger American History Super Unit Version 3/4, located here:

The American History Super Unit: Version 3/4!

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Check out these great supplements to the Sectionalism and Irreconcilable Period Bundle:

Sectionalism and Irreconcilable Period Guided Notes PowerPoint!

Sectionalism Interactive Notebook! Engaging Resource on the Sectional Crisis!

Section Crisis DIGITAL Interactive Notebook!

Sectionalism Primary Sources! 5 Differentiated Warmups for any Sectional Period Unit!

Civil War "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals! Posters and Log for Civil War!

Civil War Jeopardy! Students Play Jeopardy to Review Sectionalism and Civil War!


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