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Antebellum Era Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
If you want to ensure that your students get the best instruction possible when learning about the period before the Civil War, you can use the lesson plans found here. Each of these lesson plans will help your students learn about a particular topic in a fun and informative format. Go through this chapter to get lesson plans on:
- Sectionalism in the United States
- Dred Scott v. Sanford
- The Kansas-Nebraska Act
- Bleeding Kansas
- The Underground Railroad
You can also use the chapter's video lessons to go over each of these topics with your students.
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1. Missouri Compromise Lesson Plan
Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about the important document, the Missouri Compromise. Students will then read and analyze the document, determining key ideas and analyzing its historical impact.
2. Missouri Compromise of 1820: Terms, Summary & Definition
The Missouri Compromise passed Congress in 1820. It admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state and barred slavery from the Louisiana Territory north of the 36°30' parallel.
3. Missouri Compromise Map Activities
The Missouri Compromise represents an important step in United States history leading up to the Civil War. This lesson offers activities oriented toward helping students understand the map of the Missouri Compromise.
4. Sectionalism Lesson Plan
Explain the concept of sectionalism to your students and its impact on the events leading up to the Civil War with this lesson plan and accompanying text lesson. An activity is available to help your students further understand sectionalism.
5. Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict
How did the United States end up in a bloody civil war? In this lesson, we are going to explore the rising sectionalism that divided the nation in almost every way possible across the 40 years leading up to the Civil War.
6. Cotton Gin Lesson Plan
Teach your students about the cotton gin with this interactive lesson plan. Students will watch a video explaining what the cotton gin was, the importance of the cotton gin and its impact on slavery. They'll also participate in a hands-on activity to make learning stick.
7. The Cotton Gin: Definition, History & Impact
The cotton gin completely revolutionized the cotton industry in America, making cotton a profitable crop in the Southern United States and ultimately leading to a rise in slavery. Find out more about this invention, its impact and its inventor.
8. Dred Scott Lesson Plan
Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the Dred Scott case. Investigate the case and its background, and discuss implications of the Supreme Court's decision. Follow up with a high-level thinking activity.
9. Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision
In this lesson, we will explore the famous Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case. We will learn about the case's background, the court's findings, and the impact of this landmark decision.
10. Kansas-Nebraska Act Lesson Plan
With this lesson plan and text lesson, you'll have everything you need to help your students better understand the events of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.
11. Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Summary, Definition & Significance
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was one of the most detrimental decisions over slavery made in United States history. Learn how the outcome of the Kansas-Nebraska Act inched the country closer to a violent civil war.
12. Bleeding Kansas Lesson Plan
As the events in Bleeding Kansas demonstrated, sometimes democracy is far from civil. With this lesson plan, students will be able to see how popular sovereignty led to open violence.
13. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events
The events in the Kansas territory were a microcosm of the violent forces shaping the United States in the decade of the 1850s, forces that would ultimately lead to a disintegration of the Union itself. This lesson details what has come to be known as Bleeding Kansas and its impact on the issue of slavery.
14. Lincoln-Douglas Debates Lesson Plan
This lesson plan helps you provide context and details to your instruction of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. By lesson end, students will understand how a series of debates for a Senate seat forever changed American history by introducing Abraham Lincoln to the American political stage.
15. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance
In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.
16. Andrew Johnson Lesson Plan
This lesson plan provides you with numerous activities, key terms, quizzes, and discussion topics and questions that will help students better appreciate the presidency of Andrew Johnson.
17. Andrew Johnson: Presidency, Impeachment & Trial
Andrew Johnson was thrust into the presidency after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. He was met with strong opposition in Congress and barely escaped impeachment. Develop an understanding of Johnson as president and his trial of impeachment. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
18. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress
Congressional Reconstruction, guided by Radical Republicans, aggressively pursued political equality for African Americans as defined by several pieces of legislation and the 14th Amendment. Conflict between Congress and President Andrew Johnson escalated until he was impeached.
19. Declaration of Sentiments Lesson Plan
Students will broaden their knowledge of discrimination against women in the early 19th century and their fight for equality. This lesson plan includes a lesson, discussion questions, an activity and quiz.
20. The Declaration of Sentiments: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson we'll explore one of the most important works of the early women's rights movement in the United States, the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments.
21. Declaration of Sentiments Lesson Plan for Elementary School
When the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, it seemed that women were not guaranteed the same rights as men. In this lesson, students will learn about the Declaration of Sentiments, a document written in 1848 that started the Women's Rights Movement.
22. Declaration of Sentiments Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, we'll learn about the Declaration of Sentiments, an important document in the Women's Rights Movement, which has similarities to another famous declaration in American history.
23. Mexican-American War Activities
If your class is learning about the Antebellum era, then studying the Mexican-American War is important. Use these multi-sensory activities to help students learn about the Mexican-American War and its historical significance.
24. Pony Express Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Teach your students about the Pony Express with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides the who, what, when, where, why and how of the Pony Express, interact with content in hands-on experiences, and take a quiz to test understanding.
25. Compromise of 1850 Lesson Plan
This lesson plan explores President Fillmore's impact on legislation regarding slavery. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.
26. The North & South Before the Civil War Lesson Plan for Elementary School
What was life like in the United States before the Civil War? This lesson plan is designed to support instruction on the differences between the North and the South prior to the conflict. An activity places students in the role of northerner or southerner.
27. Nullification Crisis of 1832: Definition & Summary
Develop an understanding of the Nullification Crisis of 1832 to include who was involved, the impact of the debate and reactions by the president and Congress. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
28. Nullification Crisis Lesson Plan
This lesson plan gives you key terms, discussion topics, a mini-activity, a full-fledged activity, and a quiz that will help students understand the topics surrounding the Nullification Crisis of 1832.
29. Debate Over States' Rights Lesson Plan
This lesson plan explores the debates between the West, North, and South over states' rights. Students will watch a lesson video, step into the conflict in a debate, and take a quiz to show understanding.
30. Economic Expansion in the 1800s Lesson Plan
What factors led to the economic expansion during the 1800s in America? This lesson plan addresses this question with the support of a video lesson. An activity places students in the role of an 1800s entrepreneur.
31. Society & Economy of the Antebellum South Lesson Plan
What were the hallmarks of life in the antebellum South? This lesson plan delves into this question using a video lesson. An activity directs students to compare life in the South to life in the North.
32. Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) Activities for High School
The sectional crisis of the 1850s was the backdrop against which the differences between the northern and southern states continued to intensify. Use these activities to help students examine the sectional crisis and its effects on American history.
33. Gone with the Wind Movie Discussion Questions
'Gone with the Wind' has become a classic tale of love and loss during times of war. Here, you will find discussion questions to use after viewing the movie version of this epic story.
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