- Needed - none
- Optional – use NARA site as a source for students to retrieve documents from to support conclusions
Give practice for DBQ & Free Response essay writing.
AP class standard is set by Community College curriculum and AP curriculum. Specific content is not required by state Content Level Expectation. Closest state standards are:
Principles and purposes of government – majority rule, minority rights, limited government
Political Development in the US – analyze the development of American democracy
Students are given a sheet with the following events listed on them: Topeka Constitution, Lecompton Constitution, 1855 election, KS-NE Act, Pottawatomie Massacre, Charles Robinson arrest, founding of New England Emigrant Aid Company. (Optional additions include more national events such as the caning of Charles Sumner, the Dred Scot decision; or more local issues such as the special election of May 1855, and the formation of the Kansas Legion). Listing can be put in correct sequence to make assignment easier.
Teacher demonstrates using the term ‘Compromise of 1850’ by listing term on the board. above the term write a single sentence listing the cause of the Compromise such as, “The cause of the Compromise of 1850 was California’s request to enter the Union as a free state”. Below the term write a sentence explaining the effect of the term such as “The effect of the Compromise of 1850 was increased political pressure on northern states to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act”. The teacher could then use Daniel Webster’s “7th of March” speech as one way to support the argument.
For homework, students are to complete the sheet with their own sentences, two per term, one each for Cause and Effect. The next day, the teacher assigns each student to put one of their sentences on the board and then defend their choice.
Instead of sentences to explain their Causes & Effects choices, have the students return a Primary Source document to illustrate their choice. In this case, have the students select from the NARA website one document (diary entry, law, picture, artifact) that represents their choice, have them e-mail that choice to the teacher, and then when presenting the terms/choices the next day in class, simply project their choice onto the screen which students can then defend.
Make notes to self on separate sheet while presentations are going on so that points can
be added or deducted due to presentation as desired.