The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)

The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
The Union vs. The Confederacy (LP + Docs + PPT + Charts)
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(6 MB|9 pgs + 37 slides)
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In this document-based lesson, students will investigate the similarities and differences between the Union and Confederacy at the start of the Civil War and consider which side had greater advantages at the war's onset. As with all of my lessons, this lesson is document-based. Here is a run-down of what you can expect:

1. Lesson Plan - My lesson plan includes content standards addressed (specific to SC but translate easily to other states), daily objectives, key points, and end-of lesson assessment questions to gauge student mastery. I use Google Forms for my quizzes, but you could copy and paste these questions to any assessment format.

2. PowerPoint Presentation - My PowerPoint presentation guides you through the lesson, and you could easily modify to guide students through the lesson as well. It includes framing content, the historical question for the day, and notes and related visuals for students after they've examined the question on their own.

3. Documents - I've included the 12 documents that students will investigate during this lesson. Using the historical question, students (individually or in groups) first organize the documents as proving that the Union or Confederacy was more likely to win the war when the war began in 1861 and then outline an argument to prove their claim using evidence from the documents. Once time is up, put the historical question in front of students once more and facilitate a debate / discussion in which students cite specific evidence from the documents and consider the claims of other students. See the PPT Presentation for a visual anchor that displays how students could present this outline, but you could adjust this to fit your preferences. We use big whiteboards, but you could easily adapt this to an essay or individual outline.

4. Note-Taking Template - For most of my lessons, I include the template that students used for that specific lesson to take notes. The notes themselves can be found in the PowerPoint presentation, and they are aligned to the key points outlined in the lesson plan.

Another entire lesson for you to tweak and execute!

*Pro Tip: Instead of giving each student a handout of the documents, I will oftentimes make 30 copies and cut the documents out. Each student receives a stack of the documents and can manipulate them into different piles. Great for hands-on thinkers and learners! Also, it cuts down on paper use because you can re-use the documents for each of your classes!
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Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
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9 pgs + 37 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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