1. Topic-
The Kansas-Nebraska Act
2. Content-
Senator Stephan Douglas proposed an act to set up territorial governments in the Nebraska Territory.
His proposal divided the Nebraska Territory into the Nebraska Territory and The Kansas Territory which would both be open to popular sovereignty.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. The students will gain a greater understanding of the country's mood towards Slavery at the time of the compromise.
2. Students will be able to understand how the Kansas-Nebraska Act conflicted with previous compromises.
3. Students will gain an understanding of why many people were upset with the idea of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
4. Objectives-
1.Students will be able to list the identify the two main things done by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and how they conflicted with previous compromises.
2. Students will be able to identify the arguments of parties on either side of the compromise.
5. Materials and Aids-
1854 map of the United States
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Tell the students you are going to start the class the same way you did the previous day, and ask the students what reasons they came up with over night for why the Compromise of 1850 was doomed. Discuss(5-10min)

B. Development-

From "A New Picture of Slavery" p.547-"Violence in the Senate" p.557 allowing for class summary after each section (25min)

C. Practice-

After the students have had a chance to fill out their maps come together as a class and have a class discussion about how the maps changed over time paying attention to territories being divided into states, and the patterns of where slavery was and wasn't allowed. (10-15min, remaining time)

D. Independent Practice-

Hand out a blank outline map for students to color in the areas that were affected by compromise for students to study from. Allow them to work on it and patrol room answering questions (5-10min)

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

None needed

F. Checking for understanding-

Class discussion, and work on maps.

G. Closure-

Ask them to think over the night about the idea that if the Kansas-Nebraska act was a final solution to the expansion of slavery problem, then how did we get to the war.

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