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Civil War Lesson Plans - Embrace American History at Civilwar.org

To assist educators in their journey to illuminate the richness, depth, and breadth of the Civil War and its extraordinary place in American history, we’ve proudly & carefully crafted numerous civil war lesson plansfor the elementary, middle, and high-school levels. These lesson plans do not simply describecivil war battlefields; they are designed instead to foster a holistic appreciation of the Civil War and its many far reaching sociological, political, economic, geographic, and affective implications.

With our civil war lesson plans, students of every level will begin to comprehend the elementary tenets of historical inquiry through the lens of the Civil War. Through small, medium, and large groups, students will engage in discussion that challenges their interests and ability to relate Civil Warhistory to the entire scope of American history and modern times. Not only will students will be required to think and write critically about the relationships between the events of modern times and those of the Civil War, their public speaking skills be honed by developing and articulating their knowledge through presentations and speeches.

All of our educational resources are available on our website, free of charge. Some of our most popular civil war lesson plans for grades four through eight include the Uncle Tom’s Cabin Lesson Plan, the Civil War Photography Lesson Plan: Photography As a Primary Source, and the Civil War Newspaper Lesson Plan. The popularity of these lesson plans are due in major part to their ability to encourage creative processes and their reliance on multimedia outlets for completion.

For the ninth through twelfth grade levels, some of our most popular civil war lesson plans include the United States Colored Troops Lesson Plan: The Black Soldier’s Role in the Civil War, the African-American Civil War Soldiers Lesson Plan: Fighting For Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, and the Civil War Photography Lesson Plan: Technological Development and Social Impact. These lesson plans introduce students to the interdisciplinary manner in which historical studies are conducted in universities today.

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