What Do We Know About the Civil War?
Students examine and discuss the negative and positive effects that resulted from the Civil War. They organize lecture notes on a T-chart graphic organizer.
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Civil War - Create A Living Timeline
Take your traditional timeline project on the Civil War to the next level! From the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 to the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865, your class members will research a particular event and then teach their...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Persuasion in Historical Context: The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is a powerful text. Use it to teach persuasion and the importance of word choice. The lesson detailed here includes a scaffolded background knowledge activity that includes image analysis of photos from the Civil...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Civil War Medicine: Fact or Fiction
Young historians compare the presentation of medical care during the Civil War in passages from fictional and nonfictional texts. They examine passages from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen, and...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
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: 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
The Red Badge of Courage: A New Kind of Realism
Is it possible to tell a true war story? Tim O’Brien says that fiction is for “getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” To get at the truth about war, class members examine primary source materials from the...
9th - 12th English Language Arts 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
Learning Guide for: Glory
Invite your class to learn about the first regular US army unit composed of black soldiers during the Civil War with the film Glory. This website reviews the historical accuracy of the movie, offers pre- and post-viewing handouts, and...
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable