This is part 2 of an 8 part series on the causes and results of the Civil War. This reading w/questions (see preview) covers the rising tension in the 1850s, the question of slavery's expansion and why the Mexican War makes this so controversial, the Compromise of 1850, popular sovereignty, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Bleeding Kansas, the caning of Sumner, rise of the Republicans, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
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
Stephen Douglas and the Kansas-Nebraska Act
Thomas Jefferson, Expansion, and the Missouri Compromise