Causes of the Civil War Activity for 5th Grade

Engage your students as you explore the causes of the Civil War with images, readings, Doodle Notes, and Hexagonal Thinking.

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Engage your students as you explore the causes of the Civil War with images, readings, Doodle Notes, and Hexagonal Thinking. Students will begin this lesson by analyzing images of events leading to the Civil War. They will then read about the causes of the Civil War and events leading to the Civil War. To support the reading, students will be asked to highlight key information and summarize the content in their Doodle Notes™. Your students will complete the activity with a Hexagonal Thinking activity.
With this resource, you will receive:
-directions for the activity which include additional essay or discussion questions,
-Seven Word Wall terms and a vocabulary chart,
-a preview activity with eight different images to analyze,
-6 pages of informational text on the causes of the Civil War and events leading to the Civil War (also on Google Slides),
Comprehension questions embedded into the readings,
-2 page Doodle Notes™ graphic organizer,
Hexagonal Thinking activity to make connections between people, terms, and events leading to the Civil War, and
-a key.
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5th Grade TEKS
(4) History. The student understands political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century. The student is expected to:
(D) explain the central role of the expansion of slavery in causing sectionalism, disagreement over states’ rights, and the Civil War;
(23) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including technology. The student is expected to:
(A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as technology; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;
(B) analyze information by applying absolute and relative chronology through sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
(C) organize and interpret information in outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;
(D) identify different points of view about an issue, topic, historical event, or current event; and
(E) identify the historical context of an event.
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