5th Year Civil War Report
Introductory Paragraph: This paragraph introduces the U.S. Civil War. Be sure to explain when it started and ended. Use topic sentences for each of the following paragraphs to introduce to the reader what the content of the paper will be about. Remember to finish the paragraph with a concluding sentence.
Each body paragraph should have an introductory sentence and a closing sentence.
Body Paragraph 2: Explain the events and issues leading up to the Civil War. Talk about the pre-Civil War period, choose one for this paragraph: sectionalism, states’ rights, The Compromise of 1850, secession or Fort Sumter.
Body Paragraph 3: What advantages did the North have in the war? Who led the North politically? Who led the military? What strategies did the North hope to use to win the war? Did the North have any disadvantages?
Body Paragraph 4: What advantages did the South have in the war? Who led the South politically? Who led the military? What strategies did the South hope to use to win the war? Did the South have any disadvantages?
Body Paragraph 5: Out of these important battles or events, choose one for this paragraph: 1st Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg or Sherman’s March to the Sea. When did it take place? Where did it take place? Who were the important leaders for both sides? Explain what happened during the battle/event including who eventually won the battle/event. What effect did this battle/event have on both sides?
Body Paragraph 6: How did the war end? Talk about the post-Civil War period, choose one for this paragraph: Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s assassination, reconstruction, black codes, Freemen’s Bureau, Jim Crow Laws and segregation.
Body Paragraph 7: Concluding paragraph should re-summarize paragraphs 2-6. Include some significant facts, but do not introduce any new information.