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Division: North vs. South

Power Point Lecture Notes

Name Description PowerPoint Video
 The North A brief look at life in the North from 1800 to 1850 with a focus on industrialization and various reform movements.PPT  x
 The South A brief look at life in the South from 1800 to 1850 with a focus on slavery.PPT  x
 Causes of the Civil War A timeline of events leading to greater and greater separation among the two regions.PPT x

Lab Activities

1. Industrialization Experiential Exercise [Student Sheet] - Students experience different methods of production to see how division of labor and interchangeable parts led to increased production.

2. Dossiers: Reformers - A look at info-sheets on six northern reformers before the Civil War.

3. Declaration of Sentiments: Mockery or Model? [Student Sheet] - Students compare the Declaration of Independence to the Declaration of Sentiments to determine if the latter was written as a mockery or simply used the DOI as a model. Featuring special guest Weird Al Yankovic teaching us about parody.

4. Book Jacket: Uncle Tom's Cabin - After a read-a-loud of chapters 39 and 40 of Uncle Tom's Cabin students will create a book jacket appropriate for the novel.

5. Southern Life Stations - Students in groups analyze a series of primary source pictures and quotes on life as a slave in the South. We will listen to a series of Slave Spirituals to really set the mood.

6. Follow the Drinking Gourd (or the Blinking Ford?) - Students analyze the folk song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" then rewrite directions to their homes in the style of the song. We will also experience what it would be like to try to fit into a box like escaped slave Henry "Box" Brown.

7. North & South DBQ - Students analyze a series of graphics from the textbook to determine if life in the North and South really was as different as often portrayed.

8. HA: Narrative of the Life of a Slave - Students do a close / critical reading of a passage from chapter 1 of Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of a Slave which focuses on his relationship with his mother to show the powerful emotional trauma inflicted by slavery.

9. Digging for the Truth: The Antebellum South - Learn what life was like in the south by examining various artifacts with this multimedia extravaganza! Make sure to download and run through Powerpoint for the best experience.  Teacher Script.

10. WTE: John Brown - Weigh the evidence to determine if John Brown was a treasonous terrorist or a holy hero.

11. Nat Turner - He claimed God spoke to him. Was he crazy?