Lesson Plan

The Gathering Storm: The Coming of the Civil War

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Slavery or states' rights: What really started the American Civil War? A lesson geared towards middle schoolers explores the causes of the Civil War. Scholars view an interactive of the Gathering Storm exhibit online and complete a hands-on activity using images. Academics also participate in group discussion to strengthen their understanding of the material. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assess learners' background knowledge by asking what they think caused the Civil War 
  • Use the lesson plan to introduce a unit on the Civil War
Classroom Considerations
  • Assessment activity is included with the resource
  • The lesson plan is adaptable for multiple grade levels
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