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The Road to Disunion, MS

Length of Time:   60-90 Minutes


The causes of the Civil War are complex and complicated. Historians who have grappled with the subject for years remain frustrated that the nation was unable to resolve its differences and reach successful compromise over its conflicts. And perhaps that is the place to begin with your students.

Essential Questions

What led the nation to disunion?

Common Core Standards

English/Language Arts: Anchor Standards: CCSR for Reading Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

English/Language Arts: History and Social Studies Key Ideas and Details

  • ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and┬ásecondary sources.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Content Standards