Kentuckians in the Civil War Era: Constructed Response Essay

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What part did Kentucky play in the Civil War? A constructed response essay assignment tests to ensure scholars understand the concepts and the arguments for the causes of the Civil War. Learners must read a primary source quote and then take a side referencing that source and other key facts in their essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate for English learners by assigning them an essay question with a visual primary source instead of a quotation
  • Create a class debate after the essay to discuss different opinions in more detail and to assess for learning in another format
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires little prep work other than printing out and distributing the handouts
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes a rubric for easy grading
  • Requires learners to reference important events to the Civil War while making their arguments
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