This Unit We Will Be Learning...
Civil War & Reconstruction
In this Unit, Students will be learning about humans in the universe 13 billion-200,000 years ago!
In this unit, students will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction period through a variety of resources, including photographs, primary documents, maps, websites, and feature films. By the end of the unit, they will be familiar with important battles of the war, key figures of the conflict, documents related to the era, and amendments to the Constitution that are added as a result of the war.
Since the country’s creation, slavery and states’ rights had been issues that threatened the unity of the young nation. After years of compromise proved unsuccessful, the country turned against itself to solve these divisive issues once and for all. Our founding principles of freedom and liberty lay in the balance and ultimately prevailed, however different interpretations of these principles would continue to cause debate and conflict as America tried to rebuild from its civil war.
1. Understand the causes of the Civil War.
2. Interpret primary sources to understand the impact of the war on the average soldier and analyze how people of the era interpreted the events they were living through differently.
3. Interpret primary sources to understand how the founding principles of this country were challenged and defended during the Civil War.
4. Analyze maps and facts to understand the military strategies and ultimate victory of the Union Army during the Civil War.
5. Learn about the contributions of African-Americans during the Civil War.
6. Analyze primary sources to understand how the federal government planned to reconstruct the American South following the Civil War.
7. Analyze the problems the country faced once the war came to an end and had to be reconstructed.