THE POINT OF NO RETURN

THE COMING OF THE U.S. CIVIL WAR

THE DIE IS CAST!

CROSSING THE RUBICON!

DRAWING THE LINE IN THE SAND!

BREAK THE KETTLES AND SINK THE BOATS!

History is full of these fateful moments at which there was no turning back from the course of events about to unfold. The U.S. Civil War is no exception to this rule. However, for this task, you must determine exactly which event marked the point of no return for the Civil War. As you embark on this journey, you will contemplate the various events that led to the Civil War but you may only choose ONE to defend.


Thus, your focus question is: "Considering the era between 1840 and the start of the war in 1861, when was the point of no return for the Civil War?"

STEP 1: Review, Research, and Consider the Following Events:

As you research these events, you should complete the graphic organizer using the google docs link below. Save a copy for yourself as notes and place a copy in Office 365 on One Drive.

OR, CHOOSE YOUR OWN "WILD CARD" EVENT!

STEP 2: SELECT YOUR POINT OF NO RETURN

This event will be the focus of your argument. Research it and build a strong case to support your point of no return, using both primary and secondary sources.

Step 3: REFUTE AN ALTERNATIVE POINT OF NO RETURN

Consider another event that is often argued as the point of no return (think of it as a counterargument). How can you refute this counterargument? What is it NOT the event that actually plunged the U.S. into Civil War? Be sure you explain your reasoning.

STEP 4: CREATE AN INFOGRAPHIC

You will present your argument and refute a counterargument in the form of an infographic. You should provide a concise, but thorough explanation of your argument. Be sure to reference and fully analyze relevant primary and secondary source information in your argument. You should do the same as you refute the counterargument.


Given that your work will be viewed by others, you need to construct as convincing an argument as possible. And, you should strive to take full advantage of the features of piktochart to present you argument in the most visually compelling way possible. Finally, you should cite your sources by including URLs alongside their corresponding images and citations for the sources of your information at the end of the infographic.


We will be using "piktochart" this year for our infographic creation. Create a free account either using your email address or signing in with your google account (remember the way you logged in and keep track of your password, you'll be using it several times). The "best" (visually appealing, convincing argument, use of secondary and primary sources) infographics will be printed, displayed, and will receive extra credit. Use the resources below for information on using the tool and for tips on good infographics.


Use the google doc link below to see the rubric that will be used to grade your assignment. Be sure you complete all tasks!

STEP 5: SHARE AND VIEW WORK

You will be asked to share your completed infographic with your classmates and will be viewing and commenting on each other's work. You will be given a handout to complete as you do this final step.

Sharing your work

When you have finished and published your infographic you will click on the google doc link below. You will add your name and the link to your flyer on the document. BE SURE YOUR LINK IS VIEWABLE BY OTHERS (it needs to be published). Sign-out of piktochart and click on your link. Links that cannot be viewed by myself and your peers will not receive credit.