The Road to the Civil War and the Civil War are two of the most interesting units for students. These two units are also jammed packed with a lot of material that will be on the STAAR exam. To help my students understand why the North and South had no choice but to fight a war over the main issues of slavery. We used a whole sheet of paper for our analogy. With each issue leading up to the Civil War we ripped a whole into the paper. We covered the rips with a piece of tape; what I called a “band-aid”. The band-aids represented the different compromises Henry Clay tried to put on the issues instead of just fixing them completely. Students got a visual of how these issues ripped through our country and even though we put band-aids on the situations we were still bleeding on the inside. Until the first battle of the Civil War completely tore our country apart and now you must choose your side.
Below I am attaching lessons I presented in class
Check out my video on the Fugitive Slave Law:
Check-Out my video on the Band-aid Compromises:
As a review I had an idea of mixing baking soda and vinger together to show the explosion between the North and the South. For each issue on the road to the Civil War we added baking soda to the pot. Students had to tell me the issues. The vinger symbolize the fighting Bleeding Kansas and the first battle of the Civil War Fort Sumter.
Check-out my video on the Civil War Explosion:
Check-out my video on Sectionalsim:
Check out my video on North V. South Issue over tariffs:
Check out my video on the Nullification Crisis: