Unit 4: The Civil War and Reconstruction

Unit 4: The Civil War and Reconstruction

This unit will revolve around events leading up to the Civil War, the years of the war, and the era of Reconstruction following the war.

The guiding question for this unit is: What options do you have when faced with a conflict?

By the time you are finished studying this unit you should understand the following ideas:
  • There were many steps taken to avoid the Civil War.
  • The Civil War was fought for many reasons.
  • The Union had major advantages over the Confederacy that helped lead to the Union's victory in the war.
  • The Civil War affected everyone in the country.
  • Rebuilding the United States following the Civil War was a great task
The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) addressed in unit 4 are:
SSUSH8 The student will explain the relationship between growing north-south divisions and westward expansion.
a. Explain how slavery became a significant issue in American politics; include the slave rebellion of Nat Turner and the rise of abolitionism (William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas, and the Grimke sisters).
b. Explain the Missouri Compromise and the issue of slavery in western states and territories.
c. Describe the Nullification Crisis and the emergence of states’ rights ideology; include the role of John C. Calhoun and development of sectionalism.
d. Describe the war with Mexico and the Wilmot Proviso.
e. Explain the Compromise of 1850.

SSUSH9 The student will identify key events, issues, and individuals relating to the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.
a. Explain the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the failure of popular sovereignty, Dred Scott case, and John Brown’s Raid.
b. Describe President Lincoln’s efforts to preserve the Union as seen in his second inaugural address and the Gettysburg speech and in his use of emergency powers, such as his decision to suspend habeas corpus.
c. Describe the roles of Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson, William T. Sherman, and Jefferson Davis.
d. Explain the importance of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and the Battle for Atlanta.
e. Describe the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
f. Explain the importance of the growing economic disparity between the North and the South through an examination of population, functioning railroads, and industrial output

SSUSH10 The student will identify legal, political, and social dimensions of Reconstruction.
a. Compare and contrast Presidential Reconstruction with Radical Republican Reconstruction.
b. Explain efforts to redistribute land in the South among the former slaves and provide advanced education (e.g., Morehouse College) and describe the role of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
c. Describe the significance of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.
d. Explain Black Codes, the Ku Klux Klan, and other forms of resistance to racial equality during Reconstruction.
e. Explain the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in relationship to Reconstruction.

Read each assignment carefully for the expectations for completing, turning in, and earning the maximum points possible.

Assignment 1: Preview Reflection Blog Post: Fights
Write a blog post that addresses the topic below to get you thinking about this unit.
Base your response to this question on your own experience.

Think about a time when you were involved in a fight, either verbal or physical. Write a detailed summary paragraph of this experience that includes the following:

  • What led up to the fight
  • Whether or not your tried to avoid the fight and how
  • The events of the fight
  • The outcome of the fight
  • Did the fight improve or hurt your relationship with that person?
  • Any lesson(s) you learned from the fight

* Write a thorough post that includes all of the elements listed above . Be sure to include an appropriate title for the post. Let Mrs. Siegmund know when you have published your post so that you can get your points for completing the assignment. *20 possible points.

Assignment 2: 4 Part Vocabulary Slides and Vocabulary Quiz

Complete a four part vocabulary slide (1. the definition 2. supporting fact 3. interesting fact 4. visual) for each of the following terms associated with this unit: Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott case, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, Fort Sumter, Emancipation Proclamation, Antietam, Gettysburg, Sherman's March to the Sea, Reconstruction, Freedman's Bureau, 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment, Black Codes

* This should be typed using power point and following Mrs. Siegmund's example. Place finished vocabulary assignment in Mrs. Siegmund's drop box, and notify Mrs. Siegmund after you have completed this task to get points for completing the assignment. Add graded slides to your GPS ring. You will take a vocabulary quiz after you have turned in your vocabulary assignment.

*64 possible points for vocabulary assignment, and 16 possible points for the quiz.

Assignment 3: What caused the Civil War? Lesson

Mrs. Siegmund will lead the class through a thought provoking lesson that provides the background information you will need to understand the causes of the Civil War.

* To receive points for this assignment you will have to complete any notes, activities, and participate in discussions. Lesson date TBA. 25 possible points

Assignment 4: How I Found the Strong Book and Reading Logs
For this unit we are going to read a short novel of historical fiction to help you gain a deeper understanding of what life was like for a southern family living during the Civil War. We will spend 20 minutes each day of SSR, and after each reading you will have to add information from that day's reading into a reading log. Click here to get the reading log template that you will need to complete after each day's reading. The number of days it takes you to read the book will correspond with the number of reading logs you have to complete.

After you complete the book and your reading logs, turn them in to Mrs. Siegmund to receive points. You can lose points for this assignment for not following the simple SSR expectations. *60 possible points.

Assignment 5: Analyzing The Civil War Power Point Case Study
You are going to analyze charts, maps, and other images from the Civil War to gain an understanding of important events, people, and concepts from the Civil War. To do this you are going to complete a power point case study. Many of the slides provide you with background information, but it is your job to complete the power point. Follow the instructions within the power point presentation for completing the case study. You will have to get the power point from my drop box because network restrictions will not allow you to download it from the Internet. If you are working on the assignment at home, click here to download the power point.

You will need to copy the power point from my drop box. To do this complete these steps.
1. Go to siegmundc drop box.
2. Open the Assignments folder
3. Open
the U.S. History Folder
4. Click
once on the Analyzing the Civil War power point
5. On the left hand side select copy this file
6. Copy the power point into your My Documents folder
7. Follo
w the instructions within the power point for completing the slides.
8. Be sure to save your work as you go.

After you've completed the case study power point save your finished work in your My Documents folder. Notify Mrs. Siegmund so that she can grade your work and award your points. 100*possible points

Assignment 6: The Civil War Map Work

Pick up an outline map from Mrs. Siegmund. Click here to get the instructions for completing the map. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully to ensure maximum points and preparedness for the open map quiz that you will take when you are finished with your map.

Show you
r completed map to Mrs. Siegmund so that she can award your points. Take the quiz and turn it in to be graded. Your finished map and graded quiz should go in your map section. 40*possible points

Assignment 7: Reconstruction Video and Open Note Quiz

"The PBS program, Freedom A History of US: What is Freedom?, explores the aftermath of the Civil War and how Reconstruction began as a time of great hope for the devastated South. Along the way, you will learn why a new era of segregation began when political turmoil continued and the Reconstruction efforts failed and how because of the Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, ''separate but equal'' became the law of the land".

Go to this link to to access the video (you have to be at school to watch this video). After you sign in by selecting the Performance Learning Center and log in using your district user name and password, you will be directed to the video. Watch the video in its entirety. As you watch the video take detailed notes. You will use these notes on an open note quiz.

Show your detailed movie notes to Mrs. Siegmund and she will give you a 10 question quiz. You will receive 10 points for taking good notes, and you can receive up to 10 additional points for scoring well on the quiz. *20 points.

Assignment 8: Civil War Perspectives- Blog Post

To access
the instructions for completing the Civil War Perspectives project click here
After you have your poem(s) or letter(s) written, create a blog post where you type up your poem(s) or letter(s). In your post upload the pictures that you worked with. The pictur
es should be next to the poem or letter written about that photo. You'll have to save the pictures you worked with from the class blog into your My Pictures folder(right click on the picture and select save image as). Be sure to give your blog post an appropriate title.

After you have posted this assignment, notify Mrs. Siegmund so she can grade it and award your points.*60 possible points.


Miaka Edwards said...

I finished assignment one for unit four

Yesenia_Salazar said...

I finished assingment 1 for unit 4 and I am moving on to the next assingment.

faith williams said...

I am done with the first assignment

Marta said...

Good words.

larquinton said...

I've Finished!!!!

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