In the Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System for Social Studies, the History section promotes developing historical analytic skills in students so that they can perform like a historians. Secondary students can build Competencies and answer Essential Questions through an active study of Civil War.
Each Case Study poses an issue in the Civil War. After a short background essay, a question is posed to direct student research. Links to primary and secondary allow students to gather, analyze, and interpret information that helps them form their answers to the specific research question and thus the essential question.
Historical competencies can be built while answering the essential questions above. Within each case study, competencies are keyed by number to various research tasks.
- Analyze the interaction of cultural, economic, geographic, political and social relations for a specific time and place.
- Articulate the context of a historical event or action.
- Evaluate cause-and-result relationships bearing in mind multiple causations.
- Contrast multiple perspectives of individuals and groups in interpreting other times, cultures and place.
- Generate a historical research paper or presentation