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Social Studies-7th Grade-May

Social Studies: A Nation Divided


7.8b-c A Nation Divided: The Nation Divided

  • With the addition of new western land, debate over the spread of slavery increased.
  • After all efforts at compromise failed, violent fighting broke out in the Kansas Territory.
  • As tensions increased, a new antislavery political party emerged.
  • Abraham Lincoln's election led seven southern states to leave the Union.


7.8b-c A Nation Dvided

How did the Nation try but fail to deal with growing sectional diferreneces?

  • How did the question of admission of new states to the Union fuel the debate over slavery and states' rights?
  • What was the Compromise of 1850,and why did it fail?
  • Why did the Lincoln-Douglas debates and John Brown's raid increase tensions between the North and South?
  • Why did the election of Abraham Lincoln spark the secession of southern states?


(1) SS.7.8 A NATION DIVIDED: Westward expansion, the industrialization of the North, and the increase of slavery in the South contributed to the growth of sectionalism. Constitutional conflicts between advocates of States rights and supporters of federal power increased tensions in the nation; attempts to compromise ultimately failed to keep the nation together, leading to the Civil War.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.3 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
(1) SS.I.5 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3)Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.3-6-8. Explain points of agreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a supporting question.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.10.6-8. Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
  • Geography D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
  • History D2.His.4.6-8. Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.
  • History D2.His.16.6-8. Organize applicable evidence into coherent argument about the past.

Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

  • D3.2.6-8. Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

  • D4.4.6-8. Critique arguments for credibility.

NCSS Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Distinguish between fact and opinion; recognize propaganda
  • Recognize and understand an increasing number of social studies terms
  • Evaluative sources of information--print, visual, electronic
  • Take notes
  • Listen for information
  • Locate places on a map
  • Interpret graphs
  • Operate a computer to enter and retrieve information gathered fro a variety of sources
  • Place in proper sequence: (1) order of occurrence (2) order of importance
  • Recognize instances in which more than one interpretation of factual material is valid

7.8b-c A Nation Divided

  • popular sovereignty
  • secede
  • fugitive
  • controversy
  • crisis
  • propaganda
  • civil war


Do Now Questions

Socrative Entrance/Exit Tickets


Interactive Readings

Graphic Organizers

Thinking Maps

Common Core Protocols

Comprehension Assessments

Writing Assessments

Map Quiz


J. Dodge Differentiated Activities

Marzano Strategies

Primary Source Documents

Document Based Questions

Political Cartoons

Constructed Response Questions

Chapter Test

25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

"A House Divided..."

Toolkit Inquiry: Uncle Tom's Cabin



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