Lesson Plan

Civil War: Blacks on the Battlefield

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Imagine a war being fought to free slaves, with slaves on the front line. Scholars use primary documents, videos, and research in the second installment of a three-part series to guide their analysis of the first African-Americans on the battlefield in the Civil War. They examine the impact of black soldiers on society before and after the Civil War to see how they changed America forever.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a scavenger hunt for classroom use including primary documents on African-Americans in the Civil War
  • Preview the lesson with a clip from the movie Glory about the first black regiment in the Civil War
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure to consider all students' backgrounds
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  • Includes printable Internet Scavenger Hunt to use in the classroom
  • Primary source documents available via online resource
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