The Civil War was really a contest between two ways of life; a traditional agrarian society in the south was defeated a rapidly expanding industrial powerhouse in the north. But how do you get students to really understand how these differences lay at the heart of the south’s eventual the defeat?
In this game, students collaborate in teams to run the economies of their states as the Civil War breaks out. They must work together in order to make sure that production in their states stays high to support the war effort. As the game proceeds, both Northern and Southern states are put to the test as the Civil War begins to stress their states, requiring more critical thinking on their part to continue producing for their side. By the end of the game they will understand the major differences in the northern and southern economies, and how economic weaknesses ultimately led to the eventual downfall of the south.
This game has been used in both an 8th and 10th grade classroom for many years to great effect. It can been paired with a reflective writing activity to meet CCSS and state content standards, and can be adapted to two, three, or four days depending on your goals.
This product comes with a teachers guide, all the print-and-play components you need, and a presentation to help guide gameplay during the simulation.