American Civil War Teacher Resources

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History Blueprint: The Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Northerners, Southerners, and abolitionists all had a different perspective on the American Civil War. To understand these different points of view, class members analyze primary documents including speeches by Abraham Lincoln, the...
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Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson unit looks at the United States Civil War. In the first lesson, high schoolers analyze primary source materials to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies at the beginning of the war. The...
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Civil War: Activity Pack

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The three lessons in the Civil War: Activity Pack collection provide young history detectives with an opportunity to examine artifacts the reveal African-American involvement in the United States Civil War. They watch videos to learn...
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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Excerpts from Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s documentary series provide young historians with insight into the struggles the country faced in the years after the Civil war. Viewers learn about the...
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Life in the North and South 1847–1861: Before Brother Fought Brother

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
A five-resource collection looks at the complex series of events that led to the American Civil War. Using primary source documents, scholars research the social and economic issues that led to the country-fracturing conflict.
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The Civil War: A Country Divided

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Study one of the bloodiest and most formative periods of time in American history with a collection of videos, worksheets, lesson plans, and apps. The collection would work for middle school or high school classrooms and range in...
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Teaching With Laurel Grove School

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
The Laurel Grove school was established by freedmen and freedwomen after the United States Civil War. The school is now a museum and offers this collection of six lessons that use primary and secondary source materials to tell the story...
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The Reconstruction Era and The Fragility of Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons examine the Reconstruction Era that followed the United States Civil War. The series of detailed lessons provide background information on the era, teaching strategies, videos, and primary source materials.
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Women's History Month: Grades 3–5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
This March, honor and celebrate Women's History Month with a collection of lessons, videos, and ideas. From women in aviation to women in the Civil War to women in politics, this collection is sure to cover all the bases in women's history.
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 1, Unit 3: Culminating Project: Voices from Southern Sudan

For Teachers 7th Standards
As the culmination of their study of the Second Civil War in Southern Sudan, seventh-graders draw from what they learned reading Linda Sue Park’s novel, A Long Walk to Water, and from informational texts to create a two-voice poem...
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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 1: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn: Journeys and Survival

For Teachers 7th Standards
An eight-week module has seventh-graders investigate the impact of the Second Sudanese Civil War on the peoples of Southern Sudan. Using Linda Sue Park’s novel, A Long Walk to Water, and informational texts, young historians learn how to...
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Women's History: Activity Pack

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson collection from PBS’s History Detective series has young historians investigating women's contributions to American history. Young sleuths search for clues in artifacts, images, and videos. They hold a mock convention,...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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National Constitution Center: Hall Pass Videos

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The National Constitution Center offers this collection of informative and entertaining videos intended to start conversations and develop critical thinking skills. Viewers learn about the rights granted by the constitution, about the...
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C-SPAN Classroom: Middle School Civics

For Parents 6th - 8th
Introduce middle schoolers to the roles and powers of the three branches of the United States government, with the 21 resources in the C-SPAN Civics collection. Sorted into the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial...
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A President's Vision: Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A seven-resource collection of worksheets ask students to examine letters written by Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, as well as an excerpt from the diary of a Union soldier. After a careful reading of these primary sources, class...
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A President's Vision

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A seven-resource curriculum set presents primary source materials that permits young historians to examine the programs and initiatives advanced by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,...
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Black Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons make up a unit on African-Americans who served in the United States Congress from 1870 to 2007. Young historians read contextual essays, engage in activities, examine primary source images, and artifacts to gain an...
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Causes of the American Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What caused the American Civil War? Who were the major figures during this time? Focusing specifically on slavery and the attack on Fort Sumter, this resource provides a quick overview of some of the conflicts faced at this time.
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The American Civil War (1861 -1864)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Peek back in time and learn about the North and South of the American Civil War. Discussed in full are the causes, effects, major battles, and agreements that made Civil War history. Period technology, social changes, and the ultimate...
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The Civil War

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Rich in text and images, a presentation about the American Civil War covers all the bases. It discusses all of the major battles, key people, policies, and even a section describing the role women and African-Americans played during the...
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American Civil War History - Part 2/3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A quiet, serene town in Pennsylvania became the setting for an integral battle in the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg, Lee's second invasion of the North, failed to secure ground for the Confederacy. This video, part two in a series,...
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A Soldier's View of the American Civil War

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson includes several options to complete...