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Project Introduction

Essential Questions:  What is freedom?-- The Big Question

To answer it, focus on these for this project:

  • How did this event help trigger the Civil War?


The Products

4 NoodleTools Complete Notecards (linked to citation) about your topic 

Notecard #1: Textbook

Notecard #2: Image from Britannica Image Quest database

Notecard #3: Database article (Britannica or World Book Online)

Notecard #4: Website (evaluate for credibility)

1 MLA Works Cited shared to Ms. Haas through google docs

Blog post


Above and Beyond

Done with 4 Notecards?  For those ready to dig deeper, keep reading.

Notecard #5: Book from Everett Library

Notecard #6: The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

  • What did the people believe about the event?

Notecard #7: Media 

  • Find a video or documentary about your topic.  How does this add to your information?  (Use headphones)

Notecard #8: Primary Source from Annals of American History Database


Research Topics

  1. The Missouri Compromise
  2. The "Gag Rule" of 1836
  3. Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion
  4. Compromise of 1850
  5. Fugitive Slave Law
  6. Ostend Manifesto
  7. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  8. Dred Scott Case and Decision
  9. Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  10. John Brown's Raid
  11. Election of 1860

Project Process

Step 1: As a class

  1. Choose a topic from Chapter 21.  See above.
  2. Login to
  3. Create citation for textbook.
  4. Create notecard for textbook.

Step 2: Intro to databases

  1. Continue to work on notecards and works cited

Step 3: Website Credibility 

  1. Continue to work on notecards

Step 4: Everett Library Catalog

  1. Continue to work on notecards

Step 5: Works Cited

  1. Export works cited to google docs.  Share with Ms. Haas and Ms. A
  2. Write Reflection Paragraph on google doc.

Due Dates

Everything due Wed. March 11.

-4 Noodletools Notecards

-1 Works Cited.  Share this doc with Ms. Haas at

-Blog Assignment

Check your sfusd google account and accept invitation for the blog.  You need to accept the invitation to contribute.  Follow directions on the right side of the blog.


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