United States History

Civil War and Reconstruction Unit

Purpose: To analyze the significant events and people involved with the division and reunification of the nation. To explore the deeply rooted economic, political and social divisions between the North and South and what effect they still have on society today.

Goals: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Identify both the long term and short term causes of the Civil War.
    2. Analyze primary source documents including the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation.
    3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South.
    4. Explain the differences between Presidential and Congressional reconstruction.
    5. Evaluate if reconstruction was successful in helping newly freed slaves achieve equality.

Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. read and interpret a historical map
    2. create an annotated personal timeline
    3. create an annotated historical timeline about a Civil War era topic

Assessment: Homework Assignments (25 points)

Annotated Personal Timeline (20 points)

Annotated Civil War Timeline (60 points)

Class Participation: including daily warm-ups, interactive class notes,

movie questions, handouts (50 points)

Unit test (100 points)

Homework:

Due on Tuesday September 24th, 2002

Read Chapter 2 Section 1 pg. 86-94. (5 points)

1) Describe the First Battle of Bull Run and the war preparations of each side.

2) Explain the importance of Union victories in the western part of the Confederacy during 1862?

3) Describe the outcome of the battles in the East during 1862.

 

* Reminder Personal Timeline due on Friday September 27th. *

 

Due on Tuesday October 1, 2002

Read Chapter 2 Section 2 pg. 95-102 Answer the following:(5 points)

1) Compare the effects of wartime politics on the Confederate and Union governments?

2) Describe the Emancipation Proclamation. Whom did it free?

  1. Describe the hardships suffered by both the North and the South?

 

* Reminder Civil War Timeline due on Thursday October 3rd. *

Due on Friday October 4, 2002

Read Chapter 2 Section 4 pg. 113-118 Answer the following (5 points)

1) Explain Grantís and Shermanís plan for defeating the South

2) Describe the end of the war and the assassination of President Lincoln?

Due on Tuesday October 8, 2002

Read Chapter 3 Section 1 pg. 125-129 Answer the following (5 points)

1) Describe the condition of the South in the aftermath of the Civil War?

2) Compare the Reconstruction plans of Lincoln and Johnson?

  1. Explain how the newly freed slaves began to rebuild their lives and how the federal government helped them.

Due on Wednesday October 9, 2002

Read Chapter 3 Section 2 pg. 131-136 Answer the following (5 points)

1) Describe the relationship between the black codes and the Fourteenth Amendment.

2) Summarize the effects of Radical Reconstruction and of the Fifteenth Amendment.

  1. Describe conditions in the South under Republican government.

* Reminder Notebook Check and Unit Test on Monday October 14th. *

Personal Timelines: Choose 10 events in your life and create an annotated timeline. Unlike a regular timeline, an annotated timeline has illustrations, pictures, maps, charts, drawings and important information about the events. You may use a poster board, butcher paper or construction paper to create your timeline. You may but are not required to design your timeline around some unifying theme. For example, if you are a soccer player choosing the shape of a soccer ball as your backdrop and tracing your soccer play from elementary school through the present. A model will be shown in class and you will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.

Personal Timeline and presentation due on Friday September 27th.

Annotated Civil War Timelines (Group Project): The project will be completed in-groups of 3-5 people. Each person in the group will receive an individual grade for their effort in contributing to the project (10 points) and a group grade (50 points) for the project itself. Your group will create an annotated timeline, which has illustrations, pictures, maps, charts, drawings and important information about the events around a central civil war or reconstruction theme. You may use a poster board, butcher paper or construction paper to create your timeline. You will have access to art supplies, paper and given class time in the library to complete the project. For grading see rubrics below.

Possible themes to choose from include: slavery, womenís role in the war, agriculture in the south, industry in the north, civil war generals, civil war battles, events leading up to the war, African-Americans role in the war, Presidential Reconstruction, Congressional Reconstruction, Role of California in the Civil War, songs of the Civil War, the Confederacy, the Union, the Lincoln Presidency, the Johnson Presidency, weapons and warfare of the civil war, literature of the civil war era, slave uprisings, other pre approved topics.

Civil War Timeline and presentation due on Thursday October 3, 2002.

Rubric for Creating Time Line

1= weak

2=Moderately weak

3= Average

4=Moderately Strong

5=Strong

  1. Timeline has a title, date, and labels.
  2. The timeline accurately shows the passage of time
  3. Any artwork on the timeline is appropriate and nicely executed.
  4. The timeline is clean and neat and the information is well organized.
  5. Time-line entries are accurate and appropriate to the timelines topic.
  6. Entry captions contain appropriate and accurate information.
  7. The spelling, punctuation, and grammar on all labels and captions is accurate.
  8. The timeline shows an understanding of topics, events or concepts being depicted.
  9. The timeline meets the requirements of the assignment.
  10. Overall, the final result represents the studentís or groups full potential.

Rubric for Individual Grade on Civil War Timeline

1= weak

2=Moderately weak

3= Average

4=Moderately Strong

5=Strong

  1. Student was on task and fulfilled his or her responsibilities in the completion of the groupís assignment.
  2. Student made positive contributions to the group while treating others with respect.

 

Each student will evaluate their fellow group members using the above scale and that information will be used along with the teachers observations to determine this portion of the grade.

UnitTest and Notebook Check on Monday October 14, 2002.