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Civil War Primer - March 17, 2009

Civil War Teacher Update

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Did you know that Confederate General Patrick Cleburne was born in Ireland on this date?


Education Opportunities at the Civil War Preservation Trust
(Trivia and Great Web Sites will be included in the next CWPT Teacher Update)

1.  2009 Poster and Essay Competition

2.  2009 Best Lesson Plan Competition

3.  Eighth Annual Teacher Institute - Fredericksburg, VA - July 24-26, 2009


1.  2009 Poster and Essay Competition
    “It’s Our Turn: Fight to Save Civil War Battlefields”
    For Grades 4 through 12
    by the Civil War Preservation Trust and History

If you had only one minute to convince your elected officials to stop a developer from destroying a Civil War battlefield what would you say?  How will saving the battlefield benefit a community and future generations? 

USE and develop the slogan ==> “It’s Our Turn: Fight to Save Civil War Battlefields” <==  to create either a poster OR an essay to remind Americans that Civil War battlefields are endangered national treasures which MUST be saved.

POSTERS:  Elementary (gr. 4-5-6), Junior (7-8-9) and Senior (10-11-12)
ESSAYS:   Junior (7-8-9) and Senior (10-11-12)

First -- $200     *     Second -- $100     *     Third - $50

Students receive monetary awards; teachers are awarded A&E Online gift certificates in equivalent amounts.  Awards have been donated by History (The History Channel).  First, second and third place are awarded in each division.

DEADLINE: All entries must be RECEIVED in our office by May 15, 2009.

RULES: Students may enter either the poster contest OR the essay contest in their age group, but not both. (Note that there is no elementary essay contest.)  There is no group entry category.  Posters AND essays must use the slogan as their title.  Each entry must be labeled with complete teacher contact information as well as the name and grade of the student. Preservation of Civil War battlefields is the main idea to be expressed not just an overview of the war.  Essays may be emailed.

Go to to review complete guidelines.

Mail Entries To:
CWPT Poster and Essay Contest
Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Need More Information?
Call 1-888-606-1400 or email or


2.  2009 Best Lesson Plan Competition

Sponsored by History and the Civil War Preservation Trust

We know that you master teachers have terrific lesson plans  to share -- ones that are challenging and relevant to today’s students.  So go ahead -- enter the Best Civil War Lesson Plan contest! 

First - $1,000     *     Second - $750     *     Third - $500
Awards are generously donated by History (The History Channel)

K-12 teachers nationwide in public, private and home schools

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2009


All lesson plans must include the following elements in order to be considered:

a.  The teacher’s complete contact information

b.  The lesson goals and objectives;

c.  A list of the materials to be used, as well as copies of teacher-created handouts;

d.  An approximation of the time involved;

e.  An explanation of the methods to be used and procedure of the lesson;

f.  A list of correlating state standards for social studies / history in the teacher’s home state, OR the appropriate NCSS strands ( );

g.  Use of at least one primary source -- this could be a historic photograph, document, letter, diary, artifact, etc.,

g.  Inclusion of elements that are engaging and thought provoking for students with a variety of learning styles.

          *  Teachers are encouraged to introduce the concept of battlefield preservation.
          *  Teachers are encouraged to submit a method of evaluation with their lesson plan.

Submissions become the property of the Civil War Preservation Trust and History, and may be reprinted, posted on their respective web sites, and/or shared via other forms of media.  Awards will be announced in September 2009. 

Send your lesson plan to:

Education Department
Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD  21740

Entries may also be emailed to or


3.  Eighth Annual Teacher Institute - Fredericksburg, VA - July 24-26, 2009

This weekend features workshops, battlefield tours of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, entertainment, speakers, and networking opportunities.

==> Tentative Schedule
       Friday, July 24th - 8 AM to 9 PM
       Saturday, July 25th - 7 AM to 8:30 PM
       Sunday, July 26th - 7 AM to 1 PM

==> Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center
       2801 Plank Rd. * Fredericksburg, VA 22401
       540-786-8321 or Toll Free: 800-682-1049

*  Please note hotel reservations must be made by June 30th, 2009, to receive the Teacher Institute rate. When you call be sure to tell them that you are with the Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher Institute.

==> Workshops

Friday (Choice of Two by Pre-Registration)

*African American Leadership During the Civil War Era: Using Primary Sources to Create First Person Narratives
*Local Civil War History: How to use Your Local History to Learn About and Teach the Civil War
*Using Technology to Teach the Civil War: Web 2.0 Tools and Techniques
*Civil War Lost and Found: From Antietam to Chancellorsville the Civil War Diary of C.D.M. Broomhall, 124th PA
*Math and the Civil War: Using Graphs, Charts, and Stats to Learn About the Civil War

Saturday Battlefield Tours (Choice of One by Pre-Registration)

*Chancellorsville - featuring CWPT property at The First Day at Chancellorsville
*Fredericksburg - featuring CWPT property at Slaughter Pen Farm

Sunday (Choice of Two by Pre-Registration)

*From Dred Scott to Emancipation: Evolving Views on Slavery
*Civil War Multimedia Journals: Using Technology to Create a Civil War Journal
*The Civil War and the Library of Congress: Best Practices for Searching the Library of Congress
*Liverpool and Confederacy: Exploring the Relationship Between Liverpool and the Confederacy
*The Civil War and Fiction: Using Fictional Stories to Teach the Civil War

==> Partners and Speakers

*  Once again, Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies will be an active partner in the institute. Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson, Director of the Center, will be a keynote speaker at the institute and will be joined by William C. Davis, Director of Programs for the Center. Through our partnership with Virginia Tech, CWPT is able to offer Continuing Education Unit credits to participating educators.
*  The Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission
*  History (The History Channel)
*  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Parks

==> Who May Attend
Any teacher or librarian/media specialist who works with students in grades kindergarten through 12 is eligible to attend. 
***We apologize, but no non-teachers are allowed to attend (spouses, friends, family members, etc.).  Guests are welcome to attend the evening meals for the cost of the meal (TBD).

==>  There is a $50 registration deposit (in order to ensure your attendance). 

==> Thanks to generous donations, we are able to provide stipends for teachers in need of financial support for travel and lodging. Through the stipend program we aim to provide financial support for those teachers who would not otherwise be able to attend. Note: This is only for first time attendees who reside outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applications are due May 1st.

==> For more information, contact the Civil War Preservation Trust at (202) 367-1861 ext. 223 or by email at


The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) is America's largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields.

CWPT's Education Department promotes Civil War battlefield preservation by encouraging the study of the war's timeless lessons, provoking thought about the vital roles these battlefields play in our nation's history.  Visit to find out how you can help!


Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200, Hagerstown, MD  21740



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