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5th Grade

Causes of Conflict (History, Geography, Civics, Economics)

Student assignment:

In an essay or presentation, you will:

  1. Explain the historical causes of this conflict.
  2. Explain the economic causes of this conflict.
  3. Explain the geographic causes of this conflict.
  4. Explain the civic causes of this conflict.
You will also:
  1. List the historical, economic, geographic, and civic causes of the conflict in a graphic organizer.
  2. Identify events on a timeline that relate to the causes of the conflict and label each event historical, economic, geographic, and civic.
* For the purposes of this CBA, conflict is defined as a struggle between two or more groups of people.

Primary source documents from "Our Documents, 100 Milestone Source Documents from the National Archives and Records Administration," relating to this Classroom Based Assessment [CBA]:

Important notes for using this section:

  • Following each sub-topic is a list representing specific documents that are believed to best illustrate a topic. Each document is linked to an interactive digital copy of the record itself, complete with description, background information and teaching suggestions, from the "Our Documents" web site www.ourdocuments.gov. The transcribed copy is for your convenience and for students having difficulty reading handwriting. All pages can be easily downloaded and/or printed. Just click on the document title and it will take you to the specific "Our Documents" page.

Sample Topics and Associated Primary Sources:

Revolutionary War

Political Differences (Democrat vs. Republican)

Conflicts Between American Citizens and Foreign-born

War of 1812

US Policy Concerning Foreign Governments

Mexican War

Civil War (North versus South / Slave versus Free)

Indian Wars

Spanish American War

Cuban Independence

World War I

World War II

Racial Conflict

Cuban Missile Crisis

Vietnam War


Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • History 1.1.1b: Identify and analyze relationships between historical events.
  • Geography 1.2.1a: Locate places, major physical features, and human spatial patterns using maps, globes, and other sources
  • Civics 3.2.1a Provide examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations.
  • Economics 1.1.1a Recognize that wants exceeding available resources implies alternative uses of the resources and forces individuals into making choices. Every choice has an associated opportunity cost in both a personal and community context.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.1f - Create a product that demonstrates understanding of information and responds to central questions; present product to a meaningful audience.
  • History 1.1.1a: Group personal, local, state, and national events in terms of past, present, and future, and place in proper sequence on a timeline. Note: Students must label each factor with a Social Studies strand.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.1d: Locate particular facts in social studies documents, identify the main idea.

Scoring

EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
History 1.1.1b
Civics 3.2.1a
Geography 1.2.1a
Economics 1.1.1a
*at highest level... Accurately uses a graphic organizer to list four causes of conflict, one for each of the four social studies strands:
  • history,
  • geography,
  • civics, and
  • economics.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.1f *at highest level... Clearly and accurately explains one cause of conflict for each of the four social studies strands:
  • history,
  • geography,
  • civics, and
  • economics.
History 1.1.1a *at highest level... Identifies on the timeline four events related to the causes of the conflict, one for each of the four social studies strands:
  • history,
  • geography,
  • civics, and
  • economics.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.1d *at highest level... List of resources thoroughly examines six or more sources.

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