This unit covers the growth of sectionalism and slavery. Students will better understand the sectional differences between life in the North and the South in the years leading up to the Civil War. This lesson will focus on differences in geography, economy, technology, labor, and government.


  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-07-12.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This unit covers the end of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction. The first power point presentation includes accurate information, relevant images, and an opportunity for students to interact with content about the experiences of newly freed slaves after the Civil War. The second presentation has detailed directions for students to do a webquest about the content in preparation for responding to a document based question. There is a teacher resource pdf that gives background information, identifies standards, and gives an overview of the process for implementing the lessons. While intended for middle school students, it could also be used at the high school level in a review of the Civil War.

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