Purpose of the Unit
This unit is to develop students' understanding of the country's
Civil War. At the completion of the unit, students should have a clear
understanding of the Civil War and the reasons for the War, the
people that were significant in the war, the advantages of both
sides, the battles that were fought, and the agreements made at the end of
Rationale of the Unit
This unit is important because it increases the knowledge of the
student about the history of the country and the struggles to become a
nation. This can increase the students confidence in courses that are
similar to this. The basic understanding of the Civil war will help
the students to have a understanding of how this country was started.
Goals of the Unit
Upon completion of this unit of study, students should be able to
1. List at least 10
reasons leading up to the Civil War,
2. List the states that made up the Union.
3. List the states that made up the Confederacy.
4. Explain 5 advantages of the Union during the Civil war.
5. Explain 5 advantages of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
6. Identify and describe 3 of the most significant people during the
7. Demonstrate an understanding of who won the War and why.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the agreements that ended the war.
During this unit the, students
will be developing paper on who they
think was the most influential person during the Civil war. Information for
this paper, can be found from the lecture notes, the library, Internet,
and student readings. The overall instructional model is that of concept
attainment. Important to this is an understanding of the people at the
beginning of the unit. The pre-assessment and the continuing assessment of
their people will center on the following:
1. Why did the Civil
War take place and what were the reasons of the
Union and the Confederacy to decide to go to war? Students will
develop the reasoning for war by discovering the events leading
up to war.
2. Students will further their understanding of the Civil War
through discovery of many of the significant people that
participated in the Civil War. The students will do this through the
development of their paper and further information searching.
3. What were the advantages of each of the sides during the War?
Students will be able to determine the advantages of both sides
through lecture, videos, and CD-ROM programs that
deal with the Civil War.
4. What were the conditions that both sides agreed to, ending the
Civil War? Students will further their knowledge through
working in groups to determine the agreements upon both sides
that ended the Civil War.
Assessment of Student Achievement
For this unit, assessment
of student achievement will be both
formative and summative. Formative evaluation will be done by
checklists of student behavior, knowledge, and skills. Summative
evaluation will be based on the following:
1. Student participation
through the completion of daily
assignments, class work, discussions, and the student behavior
2. Weekly quizzes on content.
3. Unit test.