Unit Plan

The Civil War

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A unit covers many aspects of the Civil War. Over six weeks, fifth graders delve deep into the history of slavery, the Civil War—before, during, and after—Abraham Lincoln, women's contributions, the Emancipation Proclamation, and reconstruction. Scholars read and listen to informational text, complete activities and participate in thoughtful discussions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a focus wall featuring the unit's timeline, big questions, and vocabulary
  • Incorporate word work and skills practice from your ELA unit that isn't covered here
Classroom Considerations
  • The 21st resource in a series of 26; the included Student Reader can also be found in resource 22
  • Set aside enough prep time to make copies and gather materials
  • Requires projection to view images
  • The unit provides an example pacing guide as well as a blank calendar to fill in your timeline for added flexibility
  • Offers tips for making a safe, respectful environment for a conversation on complex topics
  • None
Common Core