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Activity Overview


Delving into the economic, political, and social upheavals of a war alongside closely analyzing the causes that led to the war allows students to understand how a crisis begins and how it affects the countries involved. In the case of the American Civil War, the slave question was the driving force that led the country to tear itself apart. But the reasons behind the question are what's most interesting.

In this activity, students will create a T Chart that outlines the causes of the Civil War war, and the effects on both the North and South. In one column, students will identify the causes of rising tension and the things both the North and South had at stake. In the other, students will identify the effect the issue had on the fragile and fracturing nation.

Students may choose to discuss the following topics (included but not limited to):

  • States Rights vs Federal Power
  • Sectionalism
  • Secession
  • Economy
  • Lincoln's Election
  • Slavery
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/2] Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard outlining the causes and effects of the American Civil War.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the left column, identify the major issues or causes of the Civil War.
  3. In the right column, identify the effect that issue had on the nation.
  4. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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Cause and Effect T-Chart
Create a T-Chart storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in the story. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cause
All events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes. These events are why something else happened.
Most events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Few or no events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Effect
All events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects. These events are direct results of something else.
Most events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Few or no events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Images
Images clearly show the events in the story that have been identified as causes and effects.
Images show events from the story, but not all images match the cause and effect events.
Images do not represent the story or are missing.
Cause and Effect Relationship
All rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Most rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Few or no rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.




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