The Eve of Civil War Timeline

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Causes of the Civil War

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In this activity, students will use a timeline storyboard to portray the major events that precede the Civil War. By examining John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the election of 1860, the eventual secession of South Carolina, and the bombing of Fort Sumter, students will understand and analyze the events that lead to the outbreak of the Civil War. Other events that can be used include: the Dred Scott decision, the several acts and legislation previously mentioned, or the Election of 1856. This will allow students to understand, in a more literal sense, how and why the Civil War finally came about.


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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the important events leading to the Civil War.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.
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