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Civil War Trust

Antietam 360

Educator's Guide
BY Civil War Trust

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The Civil War Curriculum: Goals 3 and 9
NCSS Goals: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, X

Grade Level: High School/Advanced Placement

The Antietam 360 application is a great way to have students independently discover the American Civil War. Use the Antietam 360 application to wander the battlefield digitally. Explore clickable details, photographs, and videos with this interactive panoramic display of the Antietam Battlefield.

Below are ideas for how you and your students can use the application.


History where it Happened 

The Antietam 360 application is meant to give the user a sense of being on the historic battlefield.  By studying the history of the battle and the land where it took place, one can get a better sense of what happened and why it happened.

Goal:

Students will use Antietam 360 to study certain moments of the battle and analyze how the natural and built environment effected the maneuvers, strategies, and tactics used as well as the outcome.

1. Have students tour the Antietam Battlefield using Antietam 360

2. Students should focus on certain points in the battle where the natural and built environments effect what takes place.  
Two suggestions are Burnside’s Bridge and the Sunken Lane.

3. Have students create an original piece of work related to their research.

Ideas include:

Create an illustration of how these natural and built features were used in the battle.

Write an account, as if you are a soldier describing your experience either at Burnside’s Bridge or the Sunken Road.


Honoring Those who Fought: Monuments and Memorials

From the day after the battle to the present, monuments have been placed on battlefields as reminders of the deeds of those who were there.  As the bloodiest day in American history, Antietam has numerous monuments. Students can use the Antietam 360 application to see the monuments on the actual battlefield while gathering additional data.

Goal:

Students will use Antietam 360 to study the many monuments and memorials on the battlefield; noting such features as the symbolism and artwork on the monument, those being honored, placement, and timing of dedication.

1. Have students tour Antietam Battlefield using Antietam 360. 

2. Students should take notes about the monuments identified throughout.

3. Have students create an original piece of work related to their research.

Ideas include:

Designing their own monument for Antietam

Creating a guide for visitors to tour the monuments of Antietam

Writing a letter to a soldier who is being honored by a monument; telling them about the monument and how it is viewed today.

Resources:

Antietam Monument Guide from the National Park Service »


Then and Now: The Battle, the Interim, and the Present

Throughout the Antietam 360 application, one can see how the battlefield changed over time, making Antietam one of the most well preserved Civil War battlefields in the country.  Many historic sites go through a process when being preserved.  This is an opportunity to see how a historic site goes through the process as well as a way to open the conversation on the benefits of historic preservation and their value in the study of our past.

Goal:

Students will use Antietam 360 to study the way a historic place, such as the Antietam Battlefield, goes through changes over time on its way to being preserved. 

1. Have students tour Antietam Battlefield using Antietam 360. 

2. Students should takes notes about the ways the battlefield has changed from the end of the battle in 1862 to the present day.

3. Have students create original work.

Ideas include:

Research another historic site that is either being preserved or needs to be preserved, and then have them develop a preservation plan for that site

Research the ideology behind preservation of historic places and write an article arguing the benefits of historic preservation

Resources:

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