Objectives: To review the major accomplishments and events of the Antebellum US Presidents and how some of these events led to the Civil War.
Procedures: Assign parts and read the play. Then, take notes with the supplied note-taking sheet. An additional sheet is provided for making copies for students.
Materials: Projector and copies of notes, if needed. Copies of flash cards and Wanted Posters for group assignments.
Students will work in groups of 5. They will decide which 3 Presidents deserve the most blame for the events leading up to the Civil War. Students will fill in the Wanted Poster Provided for each President and list the reasons why he is partly to blame for the Civil War. This evaluation activity helps students understand how the President’s inaction and poor leadership led the nation closer to war. An example is provided for students.
Then, students will work in these same groups to practice the information with the flash cards provided. Cut the cards and then students will quiz each other. One person in the group will hold the notes key and decide if answers are correct.
Quiz: Two short quizzes are included to check for understanding. One is a bit harder than the other.