Preserve-to keep; to keep safe; to keep in existence, to maintain
Ask students what do they think battlefields and other Civil War sites such as houses, cemeteries, railroad stations, and churches look like today. Do students think they still look like they did during the war? Since the Civil War happened in the United States, have they ever seen a Civil War battlefield or site?
If you have limited student computer access you can either place students in groups or read about each battlefield as a class.
Hand out the Preserving the Memory Essay and Rubric and have students complete the essay.
Tally the students’ top choices for Most Endangered Battlefield and discover what they think is the most important battlefield to be preserved. Discuss their reasoning and if there is anything they can do to help protect this site.
Take Action—have your students participate in the preservation of a local Civil War site, or get them involved with one of the Most Endangered Battlefields.
Participate in Park Day—see if a site in your area is hosting a Park Day event civilwar.org/parkday.
Tell us about your work through the Teaching Civics through Preservation page civilwar.org/teachingcivics.
Assessment in this Lesson:
Informal assessment through the video follow-up discussion questions
Completion of the research and pre-writing activity