NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 7, unit 5
This Social Studies Curriculum resource is the fifth unit of the Grade 7 Scope & Sequence: A Nation Divided. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE Social Studies staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social studies as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings, photographs, maps, and political cartoons.
This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on the United States Civil War. Concepts and topics of representative lessons in this unit include: The Growth of Slavery, Resistance to Slavery, Causes of the Civil War, Key Leaders, The Emancipation Proclamation, the New York City Draft Riots and the Effects of the War
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has students annotating primary sources, by creating an argumentative essay about the issue of the public display of the Confederate Flag.
Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessments plans.
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