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The Civil War Curriculum

We are pleased to present The Civil War Curriculum, a set of nine standards-based goals and lessons. Created by classroom teachers and our education department, The Civil War Curriculum is an easy-to-use, interdisciplinary, resource-rich guide for teaching the American Civil War.

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From the Educators

March 2011
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

After almost a year of planning and preparation we are beyond excited to launch The Civil War Curriculum. Built with the goal that it would be the most practical and effective instructional tool for teaching the American Civil War, The Civil War Curriculum is now available for educators throughout the country.

Developed for three instructional levels - elementary, middle, and high school, each level has a set of nine goals with a 50 minute corresponding lesson for each goal. The lessons can be used together or separately and include all of their worksheets, documents, and PowerPoint presentations. At each grade level the curriculum wraps-up with a final assessment including a document based question, modeled after many state standardized tests.

The curriculum is available free online, but can also be purchased in a print version (with attached disk) if you would rather have a hard copy. I invite everyone to view the curriculum and send us your feedback.

Thank you for all of your support!

Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs

 
 

Teaching the Civil War during the 150th Anniversary

Teaching the Civil War

The first of what we hope to be many smaller professional development opportunities though-out the country, Teaching the Civil War during the 150th Anniversary, was a huge success. Thanks to all of the teachers who attended. If you weren't able to attend, consider the 2011 Teacher Institute this July in Nashville, Tennessee.

2011 Teacher Institute »

Women's History Month

Belle Boyd

While women during the 19th century did not have all of the rights that American women have today, these women did not let that stop them. Learn about some of the most famous women of the Civil War:

Clara Barton »

Maria "Belle" Boyd »

Harriet Tubman »

Loreta Janeta Velazquez »

Postcard and Essay Contest to Wrap-Up May 1st

Postcard and Essay Contest

Only one month left to send in your students' submissions for the Postcard and Essay Contests sponsored by History™. We can't wait to see all of the entries so send them in today!

Essay and Postcard Contests »

Fort Sumter Animated Map

Fort Sumter

April 12, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. This all-day assault of the federal garrison inside the fort marked the beginning of the American Civil War. Check out our new Fort Sumter animated map and learn more about this momentous time in our history.

Watch the Animation »

Park Day 2011

Park Day

Civil War battlefields and historic sites throughout the country need your help. Take part in our annual Park Day event on April 2nd and help preserve our Civil War history.

Learn more »

National Civil War Student Challenge

Historyâ„¢ Student Challenge

History™ and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are commemorating the 150th anniversary by inviting all high school students in the U.S to participate in a national academic competition - the National Civil War Student Challenge. History™ and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be awarding more than $30,000 in college scholarships to top scoring students. The Challenge takes place online from April 7th-9th. Students can register today.

More Info »

Book of the Month

The Lincolns

The Lincolns: a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary
By Candace Fleming. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008.

With the wealth of information available on the Lincolns, writing a biography of Abraham and Mary for young adult readers poses a special challenge. How does an author balance the myriad factual details that provide an accurate understanding of Abraham and Mary while at the same time holding the attention of middle and high school readers? Fleming has hit upon a successful format: that of a scrapbook. This masterful biography was five years in the making and introduces readers to both Abraham and Mary from their childhoods to their deaths. It is a visual retelling that presents each fact like a jewel, each in its own unique setting that provides insight into the Lincoln's personalities, marriage and family life. The division by theme works well in this format; it makes the text "user friendly" and it naturally leads the reader from one topic to another. The layout is inviting, with numerous primary source photographs and various page layouts and fonts that contribute to a visually appealing read. Fleming integrates Civil War battles and politics into the narrative. Lincoln's comments on the Peninsula Campaign are judicious, but Mary was much more forthright: "McClellan is a humbug." The president's cabinet is featured, and Mary had an opinion on every one of them, mostly not favorable. With a solid background that describes Lincoln's America, the primary focus is solidly on Abraham and Mary. Lincoln is so revered that it is hard to imagine him as an overly permissive parent; Mary's extravagances as First Lady are well known but less well known were her skills as a seamstress when she was the young wife. Their devotion to each other, through tragedies and triumphs, reminds readers that the Lincoln's are "no longer merely historical figures but human beings, solid and concrete." Fleming has crafted a readable, hard to put down book that must be slowly savored to be appreciated. Highly recommended for grades 7 and up.

Purchase The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary »

Civil War Photography Lesson Plan »

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

Q. In March, 1862, Stonewall Jackson was defeated for the first time at this battle.

Q. In March, 1865, William Tecumseh Sherman and Joseph E. Johnston -- wartime adversaries and peacetime friends -- fought their final major battle here.

Answers from the Archives »

 

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