A Union Soldier's View of the Battle of Raymond
Students use a primary resource to collect information about a Civil War battle. They identify similarities and differences between historical wars and modern wars.
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Primary Source Worksheet: Excerpt from the Diary of Union Soldier Samuel Cormany
Young historians read and analyze a soldier's direct account of his participation in the battle of Gettysburg, as well as consider the overall strategy and tactics taken by the Union and Confederate troops.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Play
Raise the curtain to a class play that depicts the Civil War through both factual information and literary devices. The performance showcases the Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg) and brings attention to women's roles, as well as...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Glory: Motion Picture Study Guide
This is an excellent resource for teachers to use for incorporating the motion picture Glory into the classroom! Breaking down the film into particular noteworthy and telling scenes, the guide offers important considerations for each...
7 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Creating a Civil War Board Game
Young historians demonstrate creativity and critical thinking skills in a project about the Civil War. Working in partners or groups, they design a board game that reviews information from the war, including causes of the war and...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Civil War Trust Animated Map: Franklin
Though not as well known as other battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin resulted in substantial Union gains and enormous Confederate casualties. Learn more about an important battle of 1864 with an animated map video.
11 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Trust Animated Map: First Manassas
The Battle of First Manassas, commonly known as the First Battle of Bull Run, was the first major battle of the Civil War, signaling a conflict that would last for many years and take many lives in the process. View an animated map that...
6 mins 8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Trust Animated Map: Vicksburg
Many consider the 1862 siege at Vicksburg to be the turning point of the American Civil War. Learn more about the necessity of Vicksburg for both the Confederacy and the Union — and the importance of its conquest on July 4, 1862 — with a...
21 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Trust Animated Map: Shiloh
Take a birds-eye view of the Civil War with an instructive video about the Battle of Shiloh. Paced over the four-day period in which Confederate troops were forced into retreat, the video presents both a strategic and tactical glimpse of...
18 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Soldier's View of the American Civil War
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...
5th - 10th English Language Arts