This is part 4 of an 8 part series on the causes and results of the Civil War. This reading w/questions (see preview) gives the results of the election of 1860 and the events of the Secessionist Winter leading up to Ft Sumter and the Civil War. It describes the reasons why the Deep South wanted to secede and the events that led to an increase in secessionist sentiment in the border states. It ends with the goals of Lincoln, which leads into the next chapter, the Emancipation Proclamation, where the goals change to reflect the need to end slavery.
I started this series for my high school US History class, which includes both ELL students and regular students, because I was frustrated with the random approach we usually take towards explaining the causes of the Civil War. Each unit takes around 90 minutes. I send the PDF to their Amplify tablets, but it is possible to print these out, although they are lengthy. The questions are easy and keep students focused and engaged. It makes for a relaxing period of teaching for the instructor, who can focus on facilitating and not controlling the class.
Secession, Confiscation, and Ft Sumter
Election of 1860
John Brown, Abolitionists, and Slave Revolts
Part 2 Stephen Douglas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Thomas Jefferson, Expansion, and the Missouri Compromise