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Activity Overview


Comparing and contrasting is an essential activity when assessing two sides of a conflict. Students will be able to draw conclusions from their comparison, and understand the reasons behind some of the compromises made in the 1850s!

Using a T-Chart, students will compare and contrast the differences between the Northern states and Southern states. This chart will incorporate various facets of life, including economics, production, social life, and everyday activities. Students will first depict life in the North, detailing the industrious activity that defined the Northern economy. Students will also detail daily life, including viewpoints on the morality and constitutionality of slavery as an institution. The second part of the T-Chart will do the same for the South, its economy, and daily life there.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a T Chart comparing and contrasting the differences between the Northern and Southern states.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In one column, describe the economics, production, social life, and every day activities of Northern States in each cell.
  3. Create images that illustrate each of the aspects you described using appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  4. In the other column, describe the same facets of life for the Southern states.
  5. Create images that illustrate each of the aspects you described using appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  6. Save your storyboard and submit it to the assignment.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group


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