Curriculum Map for Quarter 2

  • 7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum Map

    Quarter 2

    Civil War


    Objectives:


    1. To understand the series of events

    and resulting conditions that led to

    the American Civil War

    2. To understand how different experiences, beliefs, values, traditions,

    and motives cause individuals and

    groups to interpret historic events

    and issues from different

    perspectives

    3. To participate in a negotiating and

    compromising role-playing activity

    that mirrors the attempts at political

    compromise in the 1850s


    Content Outline:


    A. Territorial expansion and slavery

    1. The secession of Texas, 1836

    2. The Mexican War, 1846-1848

    3. Oregon Territory

    4. The westward movement and

    its effects on the physical,

    social, and cultural

    environments

    B. The emotional impact of slavery

    1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    2. John Brown’s raid on Harper’s

    Ferry

    3. Fugitive slave laws

    C. Failure of political compromise

    1. Compromise of 1850

    2. Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854

    3. Founding of the Republican

    Party, 1854-1856

    4. Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)

    5. Lincoln-Douglas debate, 1858

    6. Election of 1860

    7. Firing on Fort Sumter, 1861

    Content Standards Concepts/Themes Connections



    Change

    Geography

    Diversity

    Decision

    Making

    Change

    Decision

    Making


    ESSENTIALQUESTIONS:


    - What political, social, and economic     Weeks 1 & 2

    factors caused the Civil War?

    - What were the conflicting perspectives  Week 3

    on slavery?

    - What kind of nation did the founding     Week 4

    fathers create?

    - What is to be done with the institution     

    of slavery?

    - Must sectionalism ultimately lead to

    disunion?


    CLASSROOM IDEAS/ASSESSMENTS:


    • Categorize the causes of the Civil War.

    • Define the northern and southern perspectives on these issues.

    • Map the westward movement and its

    effects.

    • Use primary sources to examine art, literature, and documents relevant to the

    pre-Civil War period.

    • Compare/Contrast the compromises and

    debates in essay format.

    Suggested Document: Harriet Beecher

    Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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