Lesson Plan: Overview

Secession: A Southern Perspective

Grade Level: 8th

 
 

Academic Standards

 
 

Standard 8-3: The Student will demonstrate an understanding of the American Civil War- its causes and effects and the major events that occurred during that time.

  8-3.4 Compare the attitudes of the unionists, cooperationists, and secessionists in South Carolina and summarize the reasons that the members of the South Carolina secession convention in 1860 voted unanimously to secede from the Union, including concerns about states' rights and fears about abolition.
  8-3.6 Compare the effects of the Civil War on daily life in South Carolina, including the experiences of plantation owners, women, Confederate and Union soldiers, African Americans and children.

Materials

  Primary Sources
Constitutional Convention (1860-1862).  Ordinance of Secession, 1860.  Constitutional and Organic Papers.  S 131053.   South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.
   
Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina.  Constitutional Convention (1860-1862).  S 131055.  South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.
   
  Tools
LCD projector

Procedures

1. Class lecture on Secession, see background notes.
   
2. Introduce students to the concept of annotated citation, as explained in the background notes.
   
3. Students will examine the “Declaration of Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union” and the "Ordinance of Secession." The teacher will use the LCD projector to enlarge the documents for the class while the students work with photocopies.
   
4. Students will write an annotation for each document to highlight the important information that can be obtained from each source used in class.
   
5. As a class review selected student annotations.
   
 

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Provided by the Teaching American History in South Carolina Project