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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 instructional activity.
Fifth graders research the Civil War through the use of primary documents. In this historical events of the Civil War activity, 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.
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.
Fourth graders examine Civil War photographs. In this historical perspectives lesson, 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.
Here is a fine unit of lessons which compare and contrast the culture during the time period of the classic book, Little Women to present day. Topics covered are the family, politics, morality, fashion, transportation, cities, historical events, and much more. Fifth graders take a close look at the many ways the war affected one particular family: the March family. This 22-page plan contains worksheets, quizzes, activities, rubrics, and explicit instructions on how to implement the lessons. Very good!
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 lesson.
Students examine the happenings at the Battle of Antietam from all sides. In this American Civil War activity, students analyze newspapers accounts from different perspectives regarding the battle and then write their own accounts of the battle from Northern and Southern perspectives.
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson includes several options to complete the activities, such as PowerPoint, Venn diagram, and several biographical stories. Use this lesson to begin an informative writing assignment or to reinforce research procedures.
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.
Discuss the differences between the North and the South and how those differences led to the Civil War. Middle schoolers examine and analyze a famous speech or writing by President Lincoln in order to better understand the speaker's argument and discuss the conflicting opinions of the President during the war. After analyzing the speech or writing, learners write an essay in which they briefly summarize the speech.
Students explore the Civil War. In this American History activity, students use guiding questions and primary resources to better comprehend the events of the Civil War. This activity actually includes 3 complete lessons that cover, North v. South, Battles of the Civil War, and Lincoln's wartime politics.
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.