Lesson Plan

Pre-1861: Disunion

Students will be able to identify the causes of the American Civil War.
Denise M.
Classroom teacher
Guyandotte Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

1. Students will be able to compare the cultures and economies of the Northern and Southern states.
2. Students will be able to summarize the main points of the Missouri Compromise, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Declaration of Causes of the Seceding States.
3. Students will be able to discuss the actions of John Brown at Harpers Ferry and the reaction of the country.

Social Studies
social justice
cultural understanding
historical figures
Grades 5
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Student Notes

1 Anticipatory Set/Hook

Activity: Exploring

Ask: What is your favorite thing to do? Have students record their response on a sticky note and put the note on a sheet of chart paper labeled "Our Favorite Things." 2. Read aloud a few of these items. 3. Tell students to consider no longer being able to do the things they like the most. 4. On a new sticky note, have students write how losing things makes them fee. 5. Put these on a separate sheet of chart paper labeled "Losing Our Favorite Things," and have several students discuss their feelings. 6. Ask the students to think about what it might be like to never have the opportunity to do a favorite activity again- or how their lives may be different if they could no longer play with or use something they love. Example: What might it be like to never be able to play with your best friend again, or how would you feel if there were no more television shows to watch or video games to play? 7.00Now we are going to learn about a time when some people felt they were losing their way of life, while others who never had the opportunity to experience certain things were able to for the first time.

Student Instructions

Students will be placed into small groups of 3 or4.

2 Cooperative Learning

Activity: Investigating

Hand out a Comparing Cultures and Economies Chart to each child. Read of the information as a class and discuss. Ask for suggestions as to how you could illustrate the information on the chart.

Student Instructions

Students will work in small groups, using the information of the chart to draw an illustration of life in the North and life in the South.