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The Missouri Compromise of 1820

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Missouri Compromise of 1820

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

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  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American History to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Missouri Compromise of 1820
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American History to life with comics and storyboards.

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The Missouri Compromise of 1820

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Research, review or discuss the events and causes of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 from the below activities.

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • What do you already know about the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
  • What do you want to know about the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
  • How could you learn more?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Timeline
    Causes

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Comic Strip or Storyboard
    Summarize Main Idea

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Timeline
    Effects

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for one or more important historical figures involved in the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research one major event leading up to the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and report your findings on a Poster.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart for the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • What did you learn about the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • What was the most surprising or unexpected thing you learned?
  • How does this relate to other events, ideas or people you learned about in history?
  • What would you still like to know about the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
  • How could you learn more?
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Pixton Activity: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 1 Causes

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  • Timeline

Intro

Share the timeline of events leading to the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase - Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from France for $15 million dollars, doubling the size of the United States. Debates ensued over if and how slavery would expand to new territories.
  • 1807 - The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 banned the African slave trade making it illegal to import "new" slaves from Africa to America.
  • 1815 - Treaty of Ghent signed at the end of the War of 1812 - Britain gave America full control over the Northwest Territory, and slavery is banned in this territory.
  • 1819 - Missouri Becomes 23rd State - Missouri becomes territory and state, asking to be admitted as a slave state. Various state representatives petition against the expansion of slavery but their efforts were defeated. Before Missouri, there were twenty-two states, evenly divided between slave and free. If Missouri were a slave state, it would cause imbalance and set a precedent for congressional approval of the expansion of slavery.
  • 1820 - Missouri Compromise - Missouri was admitted as a slave state, Maine (formerly part of Massachusetts) was admitted as free, and except for Missouri, slavery was banned in Louisiana Purchase territory north of the 36 30 parallel.

Instructions

Create a Timeline that summarizes the main events leading to the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 2 Summarize Main Idea

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  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard

Intro

Review the Compromise of 1820:

  • Missouri became the 23rd state and was admitted as a slave state.
  • Maine (formerly part of Massachusetts) became the 24th state and was admitted as free
  • This retained the balance with 12 free and 12 slave states
  • Except for Missouri, slavery was banned in Louisiana Purchase territory north of the 36 30 parallel.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip or Storyboard to summarize the main ideas or compromises of the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • Identify the key points or ideas important to the main idea
  • Include an appropriate illustration and dialogue.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 3 Effects

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  • Storyboard
  • Timeline

Intro

Share the effects the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • The Wilmot Proviso proposed to ban slavery in the territory won in the Mexican-American War. This arguably went against the Compromise of 1820 that only banned slavery above the 36 30 parallel.
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 repealed the Missouri Compromise giving each state the right to choose whether or not they have slavery.
  • In the Dred Scott case, Scott was a slave who was brought to free territory and sued for his freedom. He was denied even though many agreed his enslavement above the 36 30 parallel violated the 1820 compromise.
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 postponed the slavery debate and the Civil War to 1861-1865.
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1850 used the compromise of 1820's idea of balancing free and slave states to settle the issue of slavery with the newly acquired Mexican territory. The Texas-New Mexico boundary was set in America's favor. California was admitted as a free state, while Utah and New Mexico had popular sovereignty, meaning they could choose themselves. The slave trade was banned in Washington, D.C., and the Fugitive Slave Laws were strengthened.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Timeline that summarizes the main effects of the Missouri Compromise of 1820:

  • Identify the event in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the event.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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