Activity Overview

While learning about Civil War, it is important students note the numerous advantages of both sides. Despite their differences, the North and South both had advantages heading into the Civil War. A T Chart is a great way for students to gather and organize the information they learn. It provides an easy reference for them to look back on, and a clear distinction between the two sides of the Civil War. Students may also choose to include whether the advantages of one side were disadvantages for the other!

Northern Advantages

  • Large Population
  • More Money
  • Railroads and Factories

Southern Advantages

  • Fighting for a Cause
  • Excellent Generals
  • Defensive War

Students Can Collaborate!

Teachers may wish for students to work together on this lesson which is possible with Storyboard That's Real Time Collaboration feature! With Real Time Collaboration, students can work on the same storyboard at the same time which is perfect for this lesson! As teachers know, collaborating on assignments allows students to think on a deeper level while increasing their communication and problem-solving skills. Collaboration can also help cut down on the time it takes to complete a storyboard. While there is no set limit to the number of users who can work on a storyboard at once, we recommend five users or fewer for optimal performance. All of our assignments default to individual. To make this lesson collaborative, teachers must enable collaboration for the assignment within the "Edit Assignment" tab.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a T Chart comparing and contrasting the advantages of the North and South during the Civil War.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In one column, identify and describe the advantages the North had during the war.
  3. Do the same for the South in the other column.
  4. Create illustrations for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference


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