Ch 6: Antebellum Era Lesson Plans

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Review this chapter to get helpful lesson plans that you can use to teach your students about the antebellum era. These lessons will cover different topics you can bring up in your classroom.

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.

How It Helps

  • Event summaries: Provides comprehensive summaries of key events in this period of American history.
  • Cause and effect: Details the causes and effects of these events, and their impact on subsequent history.
  • Informative lessons: Offers lesson plans that afford your students the best opportunities to learn about these topics.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning antebellum period lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific antebellum period topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related antebellum period lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important historical concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant antebellum period-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

32 Lessons in Chapter 6: Antebellum Era Lesson Plans
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Missouri Compromise Lesson Plan

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.

Missouri Compromise of 1820: Terms, Summary & Definition

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.

Missouri Compromise Map Activities

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.

Sectionalism Lesson Plan

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.

Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict

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.

Cotton Gin Lesson Plan

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.

The Cotton Gin: Definition, History & Impact

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.

Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision

8. 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.

Kansas-Nebraska Act Lesson Plan

9. 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.

Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854: Summary, Definition & Significance

10. 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.

Bleeding Kansas Lesson Plan

11. 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.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

12. 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.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates Lesson Plan

13. 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.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

14. 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.

Andrew Johnson Lesson Plan

15. 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.

Andrew Johnson: Presidency, Impeachment & Trial

16. 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.

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

17. 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.

Declaration of Sentiments Lesson Plan

18. 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.

The Declaration of Sentiments: Summary & Analysis

19. 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.

Declaration of Sentiments Lesson Plan for Elementary School

20. 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.

Declaration of Sentiments Lesson for Kids

21. 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.

Mexican-American War Activities

22. 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.

Pony Express Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. 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.

Compromise of 1850 Lesson Plan

24. 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.

The North & South Before the Civil War Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. 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.

Nullification Crisis of 1832: Definition & Summary

26. 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.

Nullification Crisis Lesson Plan

27. 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.

Debate Over States' Rights Lesson Plan

28. 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.

Economic Expansion in the 1800s Lesson Plan

29. 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.

Society & Economy of the Antebellum  South Lesson Plan

30. 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.

Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) Activities for High School

31. 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.

Dred Scott Lesson Plan

32. 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.

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