This 90 minute lesson includes a content timeline of the background causes for the Civil War 1619-1861. The lesson uses cooperative learning for students to investigate and begin to acquire knowledge for the background causes of the United State’s most horrific war. It includes 15 questions for students to answer, working with a partner and forming a new knowledge base for the Civil War. It also is used as one of the resources in a future lesson for a class debate between the North and South over sectional differences. Stay tuned for more lesson.