So … how do you assess the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln? Do your rankings match those of past polls? Consider each entry in the “President A. Lincoln” activity and submit your ratings in this form.
Also, you can have a little fun with Abe. Create a cool and creative President Lincoln meme using ImgFlip’s meme generator or any other meme generator. Find an image of Lincoln, come up with a short, creative, clever, somewhat sarcastic, historically accurate statement about Lincoln and add it to the image. Then, post it to this board!
As you should understand by now, the Civil War home front was not the easiest place to live for people in the Union and Confederacy. Each side struggled in various aspects of daily life – some common, and some different. To represent these contrasting experiences, you and your partner(s) will create a POEM IN TWO VOICES. Your poem should use historical details, contain creativity and emotion, and successfully demonstrate your ability to hit the learning target – I can compare and contrast the challenges and contributions on the home front in the North and South.
You will not be able to convey every aspect of the home front, so key on 1-3 major ideas.
You can use this document to plan your poem or hand write our poem. Your final product should both printed and spoken, recorded, and eventually posted on Google Classroom. Add any awesome flourishes that you want to help tell the story of the home front.
I can compare and contrast the challenges and contributions on the home front in the North and South.
Away from the fields of battle, the home front was an important part of the Civil War … and also felt the greatest impact from the conflict. We will be examining the home front in class Thursday and Monday. To prepare, your task is to spend some time with the materials below and record important concepts and observations on how the war effected the people on the home front, both North and South. Make a copy and use your document to compare the challenges of life on the home front on both sides of the conflict. You should be able to get some great notes from the following sources … pick and choose what works best for you for about 25-30 minutes.
It’s one of the most important documents in American history, and probably the single action Abe Lincoln is known for more than any other – the Emancipation Proclamation. We will discuss this incredible document (incredibly misunderstood as well) in class after Turkey. Your first task to prepare is to read the handout about the EP, read and annotate the Emancipation Proclamation and read and watch The Emancipation Proclamation videos below from the History Channel.
Use the guide questions on the handout – you don’t need to answer them in writing! Then, turn to the great document itself by annotating the actual text of the EP following the instructions on the handout. There isn’t much writing – I promise. For some additional insight, check out 5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation from History in the Headlines.
Experts make a lot of money (and get a lot of attention) predicting the outcome of events – such as football games, horse races, and presidential elections. It’s a process commonly known as handicapping, and they do it by examining all of the data about two sides, both tangible and intangible, and using that information to develop an educated guess about the result of a contest. Even though we know the result of the Civil War, it doesn’t hurt to look at the two sides before the war begins to see the strengths and weaknesses of each side. To do so, complete “Handicapping the Civil War” using the resources below.
Ready to show what you know, young Civil War historians? You will have a 20 minute quiz on Wednesday/Thursday concerning the targets below:
I can use perspective to explain how events between the Compromise of 1850 and the Election of 1860 led to the secession of southern states.
I can explain varying interpretations of the long term causes of the Civil War and evaluate the importance of slavery as a principal cause of the conflict.
What should you study? Simple – The Edge of the Precipice notes and reading, Why the Civil War activity, and the ideas presented in the “WHY SECEDE?” intro from Doc and Taft. (Basically – why did seven Southern states secede?)
Think there will be a big section on the election of 1860? Yes, there will. Guaranteed because it’s THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY (hand slam)!
After the election of Abraham Lincoln (THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY), seven sates seceded from the United States and created their own country – the Confederate States of America.
Why did they secede? And … what caused the Civil War?
You will examine the primary sources (THROUGH THEIR EYES) in Doc’s class by looking at actual secession statements, and it seems pretty cut and dry, doesn’t it? However, with all of that information still available, historians have debated over the years about the exact causes of the Civil War. Believe it or not, there is a big question that is prominent in the news today.
What do the historians say? Your task is to read some brief statements from historians in the Why the Civil War? activity and examine their varying opinions. It’s a collection of statements about different historical perspectives on the coming of the war. Read each carefully, underline up to eight (8) important words, and summarize each selection in ONE TO THREE WORDS and ONE COMPLETE SENTENCE. Do the historians agree with the documents? The assignment is much easier (and more fun) if you complete it with a partner. Yup – that means talk about it!