Students will be embarking on a unit on the circumstances leading up to the nation's bloodiest war. We are in the midst of the Civil War's sesquicentennial, and many of the costliest battles in terms of human life took place 150 years ago this year. Students start out the week with a pre-test assessing prior knowledge of the causes of the war. We will then set specific objectives that will be e-mailed to both parent and students. This week's homework revolves around some of the most significant events that led up to the war. Students will be answering the following questions for homework Monday night:
1) What was the Compromise of 1850?
2) What was the Kansas-Nebraska Act?
3) What was the Sack of Lawrence?
4) What was the Pottawatomie Massacre? (Be sure to mention John Brown.)
5) How did all of these events increase tensions between states?
We will be using video, Google presentations, and student exploration to provide students with a greater understanding of the causes of the Civil War.
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