Us history- acc mrs. Heidmann Lap 1 Fall 2014 The Sectionalism, Compromise, and the Road to War


Open Lab: Sign up to watch “The Underground Rail Road” and complete the worksheet. 10 Due in OL



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Open Lab: Sign up to watch “The Underground Rail Road” and complete the worksheet. 10 Due in OL
Open Lab II: If you choose Project 1, you must attend a writing conference. Sign up to conference and bring a rough draft (3 or more paragraphs) of your paper for evaluation before the testing days begin. No conferences done the day the paper is due. 10 pts- according to your level of preparation. Due in OL
Project Lap 1: Evaluation--Choose one of the topic groups below for a five paragraph essay--

Structure: Intro with Thesis. Body paragraphs: explain personal background (who wrote each act and why it was needed), changes each person/ act made, and their outcomes-- why each was important. Within body paragraphs 2 and 3, defend the thesis throughout the paper by explaining why the person/ bill/act is less important than the one in body #1. See Writing Guide for other hints and always be sure to include an INTRO, THESIS, and CONC! ***Print and attach the Scoring Guide from Weebly for all!***

30 pts Due by the last test day



A: Three acts of Congress (Wilmot, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska) Thesis: Which was most/ least effective in avoiding war/ or which was the biggest mistake or failure of leadership?

B: The three intellectual events (Uncle Tom, the Scott decision, and Lincoln-Douglas) Thesis: Which helped the nation most successfully deal with slavery? (see above for the structure of the paper)

C: People (Douglas, Brown, Lincoln) Thesis: Whose actions were most provocative against Southern ideals/ who most failed to deal effectively in the situation? (see above for the structure of the paper)

D: Choose any three political events from the mid-1840s through the election of 1860. Decide which you think was the political victor for each (North or South)? Thesis: Agree or disagree that prior to the Civil War, the rights of Southerners were being abused by the federal government. Body paragraphs: explain the purpose of each event/ bill/ etc, the action Congress took, and why it could be considered a political victory or loss for the South. Quote and cite if possible. Within body paragraphs 2 and 3, defend the thesis (support or refute the Southern position) throughout the paper by explaining why the bill/ act abused the South.
Enrichment: You may choose to complete all, some, or none of the following. Due by the last test day




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