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NCSS: Analyzing Southern Statistics

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will analyze and compare primary source data on various statistics about the 3 regions of the South (Upper, Middle, Lower). They will then work in groups of 3 to apply this information and make inferences about the secession of the South.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the CellSheet(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Make sure each student has the CellSheet(tm) Application on their TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator. Send the students the CellSheet(tm) AppVar, POP.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the CellSheet(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Predict the effects that selected Antebellum events had on the North and South.
  • Compose a letter critically examining an event from a Northern perspective.
  • Analyze primary source data to make comparisons about the three regions of the South.
  • Assess statistical data to make inferences about how the different regions of the South viewed the issues of slavery and secession.
  • Synthesize and evaluate information in order to develop a position statement on secession from the Union.
  • After the Activity

    Review questions and answers with students from The Question of Secession exercise. Remind the class that they will need to keep their notes from this activity to use in the next activity. Within each work group, assign a spokesperson role to each member of the group.