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Press Conference With Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln (teacher)
will deliver his First Inaugural Adress and then accept questions
from the Press (students). This lesson should be used after a study
of the Civil War, including the leaders.
- An Overview
of the Civil War - Examine the history of slavery in the U.S. and
how it contributed to the Civil War. Students will use available technology
to research and present information in response to a series of student-generated
War And Slavery - After this the students should be able to explain
to me why the South was winning all the Battles what type of war fare
they used and that the North was industrial and that was why they would
outlast the South.
War Photos Tell a Story- Students select a photograph from the Civil
War era and write a story that tells about it.
War Recipes- Students prepare foods, including hardtack, that were
among the staples of a Civil War soldier's diet.
- Civil War,
The- An online unit plan.
War Battle Map - This activity is a fun way to report geographic information.
The student illustrates a blank map to identify five Civil War battles.
War Slang- Students explore some of the words and phrases used during
the Civil War-- and their meanings.
War Time Line- Students develop time lines of various events that
took place during the Civil War.
Morse Code- Students write and decode messages using Morse code, as
Civil War soldiers might have done.
vs. Plantation in the North and South - By 1860, the differences between
the North and South had become so great that Northerners and Southerners
felt as if they belonged to two different countries. What were some of
Did Civil War Soldiers Battle Boredom?-Students create a diagram to
compare things done to combat boredom today and during Civil War times.
- Lesson Plan on the Civil
War- When requested, the student will describe events leading to the
Civil War that will include at least 3 of the 6 events covered as well
as the impact those events had on the northern and southern societies.
Before the Civil War - In the decade-and-a-half prior to the Civil
War, the United States saw dramatic changes in industrialization in the
North, and a rapid increase in transportation (rail and steamship) all
over the country.
During the Civil War Era- Students create a museum exhibit or a fictional
journal or newspaper account about life during the Civil War era.
Back at Pre-Civil War Slavery - Students understand the nature of
slavery, the impact of slavery on African-Americans, and how slavery intensified
the conflict between the North and South that eventually led to a major
cause of the Civil War.
and Truth: The Gettysburg Address - Behind every myth are many possible
truths allowing us to discover who we were as peoples and who we are today.
By exploring myths surrounding the Gettysburg Address, this lesson asks
students to think critically about commonly believed �facts� about this
important speech and the Civil War.
Divided - The Adavance of African Americans in society Struggles of
the Immigrants and changes in laws Mexican and Native American struggles.
vs. South - To help students recognize the significance of The Civil
War through the use of primary sources.
- The three phases of Reconstruction and the measure of their success.
/ Primary Source - Students will listen to a brief overview of the
of the Civil War - A brief review of figures and ideas leading up
to, during and at the close of the American Civil War.
Cost of War- Students study a chart showing Civil War deaths and answer
questions about the information. A work sheet is included.
Civil War - The reasons that contributed to the start of the Civil
War can be seen as a result of a build-up of tension rather than a single
- The Civil War-
The following lesson plan for an upper elementary unit on the Civil War
contains links to other Internet sites that can provide valuable cross-curricular
materials for you and your students.
- The Complexities
of Reconstruction - The students will be able to critically analyze
the social, economic, and political impact of the Federalization of the
South. The students will develop a PowerPoint presentation relative to
the Post Civil War South.
- The Price
of War - Students identify and compare significant facts of Civil
- The South
Wins Gettysburg! -After studying the American Civil War, students
hypothesize that the Union Army was defeated at Gettysburg by Lee's army.
Students explore how different North America would be today if the South
had won the Civil War.
Union Breaks Apart - In the 1850's, new national leaders, such as
Abraham Lincoln, began to speak out against slavery.
We Stand - Students participate in a simulation of the secession of
the South during the Civil War and create a compare and contrast essay
discussing the similarities and differences between every day life now
Do We Know About the Civil War? - The Civil War was an important event
in United States history. War, death, destruction, slavery and more occurred
during the Civil War. We should ask ourselves, what were the negative
and positive effects that resulted from the Civil War?
Killed Abraham Lincoln?- Students read an original manuscript about
the investigation of Lincoln's assassination, then work in groups to write
and perform a play based on the story.
Lives Before the Civil War - Students interested in researching the
lives of women before the Civil War might enjoy looking at the items in
the following list. Have students describe any documents they choose and
decide what aspects of the lives of women are reflected.