In this lesson, the students are paired with one student role playing a northerner and one a southerner hashing out the details of the Compromise of 1850.
The lesson includes one series of information for the northern side, explaining four things that that student wants and the same for the southern side. The students then have to come up with compromises for each of 4 items (or the country falls into civil war if they can't).
The lesson also includes a writing reflection activity. The lesson can take approximately 2 periods but is flexible.