By the end of this lesson, student will:

  • help lead a discussion about one of the last five Sections of Chapter 2.2 (The  Second Great Awakening, Social Reforms, The Women's Movement, The Abolitionist Movement, and African American Abolitionists) by using the articles they read the previous night. 
  • make connections between each of these movements to each other and how they contributed to the tensions that led to the Civil War


DC Content Power Standards :
1.6, 1.7, 1.9 Influences on American Revolution, Formation of Constitution, Effects of Civil War and Reconstruction
DC Content Supporting Standards:
DCPS 11.1.9: Explain the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction and of the Industrial Revolution, including demographic shifts and the emergence in the late 19th century of the United States as a world power. (G, P, E)
DC Historical and Social Studies Skills Standards:
HCI.1, HCI.3, HCI.7 Compare Past to Present, Connecting Events and Trends, Meaning/Impact of Historical Events
Common Core Reading for Literacy in Social Studies Standards:
RH.11-12.1, 2 , 4, 10: Cite textual evidence, summarize, vocab, read complex texts
Common Core Writing for Literacy in Social Studies Standards:
WHST.11-12.8a, 8c, 5a Use print and digital sources, Determine value of a source, Brainstorming, Outlining


Pages 186-189 of The American Vision: Modern Times textbook

Student articles

Warm Up

After I take roll, we will divide into groups of people who chose the same topic from the textbook. You will take five minutes to quickly summarize your articles, and then as a group you will lead a class discussion on the subject incorporating your articles. Your group will have roughly ten minutes each.

New Material

In this lesson, students will be presenting all the new material in the form of articles they have chosen.


Student led discussion.


Class participation.

Exit slip: Describe one (1) new thing you learned today from another group that you did not know before.

Closure and Reflection

What did you learn that was unexpected?

How do the issues we discussed have an impact on the way we live now?

Don't forget to turn in your first essay (topic of your choice).

Remember that tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen, we have a quiz on this section. Please review your notes and be prepared.