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Divided Nation

The Big Divide

Objectives: Students will identify the major abolitionists responsible for pushing towards a free America.

Assessment: • Formative: Students will create a K-W-L chart in class and discuss what they know and what they want to learn with each other. This will turn into a think-pair-share activity with other students in the class. • Formative: Vocabulary sheets. Students will create vocab sheets to better understand the effects of the war in the upcoming chapters. Instructor will give words, and definitions. Students will then draw pictures to help them associate the words with images from their prior knowledge. For homework they will write these words into complete sentences.

Life During the Civil War

Objectives 1. Students will describe the ways in which soldiers, women, African Americans, and children lived during and after the war. 2. Students will explore how citizens contributed to the effort of a nation at war.

Assessment: • Summative: Students will have the choice to write a journal entry in the voice of a soldier, woman, or slave living during the Civil War.

Teacher and Student Activities

Secession and War

Objectives Students will examine the Crittenden Compromise of 1860 and attempt to create a compromise between the North and South. Students will explain the meaning behind the doctrine of nullification and secession.

Assessment: Formative: The overall debate will serve as the formative assessment for this lesson because each and every student will be participating and I will be able to clearly see how they prepared for the debate, if they understood their vocabulary terms, and if they have a distinct position on where they stand based on the proposal.

The Massive Effect of Abraham Lincoln.

Assessment: Formative: The hook activity in the beginning of class will serve as a formative assessment for this lesson. Students will show me what they have retained from prior lesson content, as well as areas of their prior knowledge that they can relate to this lesson. Additionally, the class handouts and written analysis of the primary sources from the students during their group work will serve as another formative assessment. This will allow me to assess how well they were able to analyze the sources and understand the importance of each. It will also help me see if students are able to appreciate the importance of primary sources and how they can be relevant to study even today.

Objectives: Students will identify shared ideals that Americans became more aware of from Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg.

The Way To Victory

Objectives 1. Students will analyze how wars bring about change and list reasons for each. 2. Students will analyze the Gettysburg address and interpret the meaning of Abraham Lincoln’s speech their own words.

Assessment: • Formative: Students will work in small groups and write out Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in “8th Grade Language” to better understand what he was saying and what his main arguments were. • Summative: Students will create a political cartoon in regards to the changes in the war and arguments in favor of the end of the war. It will be based off a Rubric and Scoring Guide. This will assess their understanding of the famous speeches and what each side was fighting for and their reasoning behind it.