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Are you looking for that perfect lesson to start your Civil War unit and provide your students with the tools to compare and contrast the leaders, militaries, resources, and strategies of the Union and the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War? Do you want to go completely PAPERLESS? This bundle has everything you need!
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2) An activity with a comprehensive comparison of the Union and the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War. Students will begin by using a T-Chart to compare the leadership of the North and South, including the strengths and weaknesses of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Then, your class will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the Union and Confederate armies going into the Civil War and evaluate how several factors would either bolster or weaken the ability of each side to win the conflict. Next, your students will use a T-Chart to compare the availability of resources in the North and South, including major cities, factories, food supply, production capability, workforces, railroads systems, and telegraph networks. Then, your class will compare and contrast the war strategies of both sides, with a focus on the main objectives of the North and South, as well as the major components of each side's strategy to accomplish their specific goals. Next, your students will use a key and a map of the border states provided to identify the important Union slave states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware, as well as the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Union capital of Washington, D.C.. Students will then answer questions about the important strategic advantages that each border state provided to the Union, including access to the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, as well as protection for the capital. Lastly, your class will use a detailed list of the strengths and weaknesses of the Union at the outset of the Civil War to develop a one paragraph argument that supports the claim that "The North should have won the Civil War." Then, students must use a detailed list of the strengths and weaknesses of the Confederacy at the outset of the Civil War to develop a one paragraph counter-argument that supports the claim that "The South should have won the Civil War." Each student's point/counter-point argument should show a clear mastery of the advantages and disadvantages discussed in the activity.
3) A detailed answer key to the lesson activity to save you time and help guide student comprehension.
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