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A clear link has been established between Lincoln's election and the secession of Southern states in 1860-1861, making this money-saving bundle a natural duo. The bundle consists of two activity packets: The Election of 1860 Candidate Profiles and Is Southern Secession Constitutional? Read on to find more information about each resource.
Is Southern Secession Constitutional? Activity Packet
Though the Constitution does not explicitly address the issue of secession, some of its text may be interpreted to deem secession lawful. One's opinion on this matter will largely depend on how he/she sees the relationship between the federal government and the states. This primary sources activity packet will engage your students into examining various opinions on the constitutionality of secession and nature of the Union. In the assessment portion of this packet your students will use the evidence gathered to write a reflection answering the following question: “Is Southern secession constitutional?”
Page 1: Cover Page
Page 2: Teacher Notes (instructional sequence; teacher-guided activity description “Union before States or States before Union?”; discussion questions)
Pages 3, 4: Constitution and Secession Hook Activity (excerpts from the Constitution; guiding questions; interactive form fields that allow you to enter point values for each question; lined paper worksheet)
Page 5: Opinion #1 (“States before Union” primary sources set)
Page 6: Opinion #2 (“Union before States” primary sources set)
Page 7: Graphic Organizer (students provide opinion summaries and relevant quotes; interactive form fields that allow you to enter point values for each question)
Pages 8, 9: Reflection (directions; interactive form fields that allow you to enter point values for each criterion; lined paper worksheet)
Pages 10-15: Materials for the “Union before States or States before Union?” teacher-guided activity
Page 16: Answer Key
The Election of 1860 Candidate Profiles: Activity Packet
This activity packet contains everything you need to teach the Presidential election of 1860 – a pivotal event in the history of the United States. Why were there two candidates from the Democratic Party? How did Northern and Southern ballots differ? What did the issue of slavery have to do with the election?
After a brief review of key terms and a Think-Pair-Share activity on the split of the Democratic Party, your students will be introduced to each candidate's platform. In the assessment portion of this product, students will create a campaign poster for their assigned candidate.
Page 1: Cover Page
Page 2: Teacher Notes (instructional sequence; teacher-guided activities description “Background Notes Think-Pair-Share” and “The Election of 1860 Candidate Profiles”; discussion questions)
Page 3: Review (key vocabulary “fill in the blank”; word bank)
Page 4: Background Notes (brief explanation of the split of the Democratic Party)
Pages 5-8: The Election of 1860 Candidate Profiles (background reading on John Bell, John Breckinridge, Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln; summary of each candidate's platform; quotes from each candidate on major issues)
Page 9: The Election of 1860 Candidate Profiles Poster Project (directions and checklist; interactive checklist that allows you to enter point values for the project)
Page 10: Answer Key
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