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American Civil War: Reading Comprehension
In this comprehension instructional activity, students read a letter written during the civil war from a soldier to his brother, then complete 4 short answer questions.
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Civil War Literature Circle
Historical fiction can be a valuable asset when learning about the past. Integrate several novels written about the Civil War into your social studies unit, with groups of four working collaboratively to comprehend the novel from...
5th - 8th English Language Arts 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
The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln
Pay tribute to the sixteenth president of the United States with this fun song and activity. From his birth in a Kentucky log cabin and childhood in Indiana, to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and his eventual assassination,...
1st - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan
Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a lesson based on stories from the Civil War era. Class members explore several influential lives while reading biographies that highlight...
4th - 7th English Language Arts 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
Harriet Tubman Reading Comprehension
Young pupils not only discover major characteristics and events in the life of Harriet Tubman, but also develop essential reading comprehension skills, such as identifying the main idea, differentiating between fact and opinion, and...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Soldier's View of the American Civil War
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson plan. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson plan includes several options to...
5th - 10th English Language Arts
Decision Making: Who Was Right?
Help your class explore the question "Is it ever right to disobey a law?" With a strong base of knowledge about the Civil War, anti-slavery movement, and Underground Railroad, your class explores civil disobedience in Marshall, Michigan...
3rd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed