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Civil War Overview: Elementary Lesson Plan

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How do you teach the Civil War and all its intricacies within the time limits of an average school day? Using a three-part plan, teachers easily integrate coverage of key Civil War battles into the unit. The lesson includes activities to practice chronology and creating radio broadcasts about key military engagements, as well as primary source analysis of a letter from a fallen Union soldier.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use a letter from a Union solider and discussion questions to practice primary source analysis skills
  • Offer extension activities, including making a movie of key events during the war, to assess learning
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is part of a series on the Civil War
  • Resource focuses heavily on the military history
  • Lesson is appropriately scaffolded for younger learners
  • Activities are imaginative and intriguing
  • Does not include the links to movie referenced in the lesson