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A Nation Divided: Why Couldn't They Just Get Along?
Fourth graders examine both perspectives of the Civil War as related to the differing economies. In this nation divided lesson, 4th graders view primary sources, examine paper money and a political chart, and review recruitment posters.
Women in the Civil War
Students study the Civil War era in the US with a concentration on women during this time through literature and biographies. They create a timeline or multimedia presentation as one product of this series of lessons.
African American Troops in the Civil War
This is a high-quality plan for exploring the role of African Americans in the Civil War with your class. It includes background information, step-by-step instructions for discussion and investigation, worksheets, and a final project. The complete package! Though the resource states it should only take one day, plus some time to complete the project, you may plan for additional days given the depth of the lesson.
Historical Events of the Civil War
Fifth graders research the Civil War through the use of primary documents. In this historical events of the Civil War lesson, 5th graders write about the information gotten from the primary document. Students answer critical thinking questions based on the documents. Students create a timeline of events.
Civil War Photography Lesson Plan
Young scholars explore photographs from the Civil War Era. In this Civil War lesson, students consider how photography impacted public opinion of the war as they analyze the provided photographs and discuss the evolution of early photography.
Civil War Diaries
Fifth graders examine excerpts from a diary of a Confederate soldier and his experiences in a Union prison camp. After receiving character cards, they write diary entries from the perspectives of their Civil War identity. As an extension, 5th graders may create scripts for a Reader's Theater presentation.
Visual History of the Civil War III
Eighth graders examine the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson plan, 8th graders analyze various images about the Civil War. Students write an essay in relation to the images of the Civil War.
Sort It Out - Civil War, North or South? and Writing Assignment
Fourth graders examine Civil War photographs. In this historical perspectives lesson plan, 4th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring the Civil War and determine whether their origin was from the North or South. Students write reaction papers based on their findings.
The Role of the Musician and His Instruments in the Civil War
Fifth graders listen to and discuss the music of the Civil War Era in order to better explain society during this time period. They identify the musical instruments and write their own word to accompany the music of one of the songs.
The Civil War in Historical Fiction and Historical Accounts
Eighth graders examine life during the Civil War through various readings. They compare and contrast a novel they read in class to one they chose on the subject. They work together as a class to produce a newspaper displaying the information they gathered during the instructional activity.
American Civil War: Conflicting Newspaper Reports
Young scholars examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. In this American Civil War lesson, students analyze newspapers accounts from different perspectives regarding the battle and then write their own accounts of the battle from Northern and Southern perspectives.
The Civil War
Now here is a very good presentation on the American Civil War, that you shouldn't pass up. Rich in text and images, the presentation covers all the bases. All of the major battles, key people, policies, and even a section describing the role women and African-Americans played during the war are discussed.
A Soldier's View of the American Civil War
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing activity. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The activity includes several options to complete the activities, such as PowerPoint, Venn diagram, and several biographical stories. Use this activity to begin an informative writing assignment or to reinforce research procedures.
The Civil War - Reading on the Internet
Young scholars fill out a KWL worksheet and answer short answer questions about the Civil War. In this Civil War lesson plans, students find the answers to their questions by researching the Internet.
The Civil War: Up Close and Personal
Students take an in depth look at different aspects of the Civil War. Using primary source documents, they discover that people who lived during the war are not so different from them. They read about the experience of a Confederate solider in a POW camp. They also discuss how the language used helps to examine the time period in which it was written.
Causes of the Civil War
Students research information on the causes of the Civil War. They rank their top three reasons and individuals responsible for the war and then use that information to write a position paper.
Prairie Voices: Iowa and the Civil War
Learners study how the Civil War affected Iowa natives. In this Iowa history activity, students read the provided article on Iowa and its Civil War experiences. Learners analyze the article to determine how the war affected civilians and soldiers.
Zoom In: The Civil War's Impact on Americans
Students examine the Civil War. In this war time culture lesson plan, students compare the effects of war on individual soldiers during the Civil War. Students examine a primary source, images of Union troops at Manassas, Virginia, and a PowerPoint.
Civil War Time Line
Fourth graders examine the major events of the Civil War. In this American Civil War lesson, 4th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine the events of the war that occurred in Virginia. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Black Kentuckians and the Civil War
Students demonstrate how the American Civil War affected black Kentuckians socially and politically. They identify and discuss the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forced the end of slavery in Kentucky months after the Civil War ended.