This Civil War unit will help your students fall in love with history. The 15 lessons are interactive and thorough. Even better, I’ve made it as easy as possible for teachers to implement.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Before the Civil War
- Life in Antebellum America—students read about life for different groups (slaves, western farmers, northern workers, etc.) and complete worksheet
- Slavery in America—powerpoint presentation, worksheet, and opinion writing
- Causes of the Civil War—newspaper articles, jigsaw activity and student worksheets
- Election of 1860 Simulation—speeches, campaign posters, listening guide and opinion writing
- Election of 1860 Results—article on electoral college, map, and worksheet
Part 2: Events of the War
- Union vs. Confederacy—article on succession, infographic on Union and Confederacy, and student worksheet
- Why Did They Fight?—page with quotes on why various people fought and opinion writing
- Who’s Who of the Civil War—informative task cards on Civil War leaders and student recording sheet
- Perspectives on the War—four fictional letters demonstrating different viewpoints on the war and group worksheet
- Emancipation Proclamation—article on Emancipation Proclamation, comprehension check and creative writing
- Gettysburg (Battle and Address)—article on Battle of Gettysburg, vocabulary list, and annotating worksheet for the Gettysburg Address
Part 3: Reconstruction
- Lincoln’s Assassination—newspaper article, article about Lincoln’s assassination, comprehension questions, and creative “epitaph” writing activity
- Reconstruction Problems, Solutions, & Failures—group brainstorming worksheet, note-taking page and article on Reconstruction failures
- Reconstruction Amendments—transcript and vocabulary for 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments with student worksheet
- Civil War Reflection—student reflection page and writing opportunity
Help for the Teacher
- Table of Contents (also available in the preview)
- Suggested pacing guide
- 15 detailed lesson plans
- Answer keys (of course!)
- Editable end-of-unit test and study guide
- Easy printing file with all student worksheets and articles
Are you still not sure? Click below to sample one of my lessons.
In this lesson, students learn about 8 important Civil War battles by analyzing clues around the room. (This lesson is not part of the unit, but would complement the unit well!)
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