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 c. Explain why the 1860 election led to the secession of the southern states

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Have students create two color coded timelines of events leading to secession. The first timeline should begin in 1787 and document long term events leading to secession. A second timeline should begin with Lincoln’s election victory in November of 1860. Timelines should be color coded to indicate students’ understanding of whether each event that was included escalated tensions between North and South or eased tensions and therefore delayed secession. Also, place a limit on the number of events each student can list on the timeline so students are forced to decide which events they think were most significant and justify their inclusion.

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