Ten Questions on the Civil War
In this Civil War learning exercise, students answer 10 short essay questions about the War Between the States. Students will need to do Internet or library book research.
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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
Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan
Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a activity 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
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
Civil War Trust Animated Map: Chickamauga
One small miscommunication can be extremely costly on the battlefield. The Battle of Chickamauga is a historical example of how the best-laid strategy can be destroyed with a single mistake — in this case, Major General Rosecrans'...
22 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil War Trust Animated Map: Cedar Creek
The preservation of Civil War era battlefields is an ongoing argument between cities, corporations, and groups like the Civil War Trust. After watching a brief animated analysis of the Battle of Cedar Creek, a video from the Civil War...
8 mins 6th - 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: 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 150
This Civil War Interactive has it all. Young historians have the Civil War at their fingertips to discover: who the soldiers were including everything to their average height to the rations they were given; the types of weapons that were...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable