Period 3 – U.S. History Honors Lesson Plans (2-6-2015)

U.S. History Header 2Unit:

Unit #1 – A Nation is Born

Chapter #2 – Growth & Conflict (1789-1877)

Section #4 – The Civil War

Unit S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

Students will understand the United States’s growth rate during this period with 90% accuracy in 3 of 4 trials.

Today’s Objective:

Students will assess and determine the primary causes for the Civil War by analyzing textual information and writing combined with discussion.

Behavioral Norms (Student Developed):

1.  “Only one person talks at a time” – Noah  (23 votes – approved)

2. “Respect others opinions/ideas” – Rob (31 votes – approved)

3. “Stay on task” – Andrea ( 27 votes – approved)


Civil (war), habeas corpus, dysentery, measles, amputation, musket, soldier, Confederacy, states rights, emancipation (proclamation), commander, battle, freed men, rations, army, casualty, nullification, Union, copperhead, national supremacy, conscription, ironclad


Task #1 – We are going to start a quick check in activity to begin the class. When you walk in I am going to give you a card with a number on it. That number will align with a time period on the board. I want you to write one notable fact for the time period you got. Take a minute to think of it, then write it on the board. Once it is written you cannot use it again. After you have marked up your fact put a hyphan and then put your name next to it for credit.

Task #2 – You will now need a piece of paper to copy down the Essential Question and the Focus Questions for this time period. They are listed below.

Main Question (Essential Question)

How did the Civil War change America? Are the roots of conflict beginning to show again? (Ex: State of Jefferson & Texas’s repeated threats of secession)

Focus Questions

Was the Civil War (CW) a war for national supremacy, to end slavery, or another reason?

What parts of society were involved in the CW? And how?

How was the CW fought?

How were civilians affected by the CW? What were the roles of slaves, free blacks, and women?

How were battles fought?

Who were the central figures during the CW?

How did artists depict the CW? (Photographers, political cartoonists, etc.)

What were the key battles?

How did both sides motivate support for the war? (Positive and negative)

What was the outcome of the Civil War?

Task #3 – Now lets go through the causes of the Civil War. The downloadable version of today’s material is below.

PDF – Causes of the Civil War

PPT – Causes of the Civil War

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