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Civil War Lesson Plans: Middle School

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The following lesson plans have been created by educators for classroom use in grades seven through nine.

The Middle School Curriculum is a set of nine standards-based lesson plans and one final exam. Below are the Curriculum Lessons along with additional selected lessons, all of which fit within our Civil War Goals for Middle School Students.

Sections of the Curriculum:

Pre-1861: Disunion

Students will be able to identify the causes of the American Civil War.

The Country Goes to War

Students will be able to describe the state of the nation and sequence the first events of the Civil War.

Antietam and Emancipation

Students will be able to state the meaning and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Life at War

Students will be able to describe the day-to-day life of a Civil War soldier.

The Home Front

Students will be able to list examples of work done on the home front and describe how news traveled to the home front.

Shifting Tides

Students will be able to discuss the effects of the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, paying particular attention to the Gettysburg Address.

Bringing the War to an End

Students will be able to list and discuss the sequence of events leading to the end of the Civil War, paying special attention to the election of 1864.

Effects of the Civil War

Students will be able to discuss the effects of the Civil War.

Preserving the Memory

Students will be able to illustrate ways in which they can preserve the memory of the war.