School Improvement in Maryland

Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 5. Analyze factors affecting the outcome of the Civil War

Objective b. Analyze the ideological breakdown that resulted from different events and issues, such as Virginia-Kentucky resolutions, the Hartford Convention, nullification/states' rights, political party division, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown raids

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have students write a persuasive essay, a newspaper editorial, or a Web blog post defending or rejecting a constitutional amendment that would give states the power to nullify laws passed by Congress.

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