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Who Fought for the Confederacy?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Did the Confederate Army really consist of southern volunteers? Using primary sources, historians examine the story behind the "Twenty Negro Law" and realities of conscription during the Civil War. A letter and a lithograph (included as...
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Legends of the Confederacy

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Pictures of the major players in the American Confederacy make up this presentation - and not much else. No information (beyond names) is given about these men and women, leaving the responsibility to the lecturer. Possibly useful in the...
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Text Features: Introduction to the Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy

For Teachers 4th Standards
Model for young readers how charts, graphs, diagrams etc., can help them interpret information found in nonfiction text.  Chapter 1 of The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy provides the opportunity for direct instruction and guided...
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Taking Notes Using a Graphic Organizer, Part 1: The Iroquois: A Six Nations Confederacy

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders tackle the close reading skill of learning how to find the main idea and details within informational text. A graphic organizer is provided to help learners navigate taking note-taking skills with the book, The Iroquois: A...
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rather than windmills, Ignatius J. Reilly, the hero of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning A Confederacy of Dunces, battles against modernity. Find out why Professor Walter Isaacson thinks Toole's novel should get viewers' votes...
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American Civil War History - Part 3/3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's April 3, 1865, and Robert E. Lee's troops are all but surrounded. After four years of fighting, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant sit down together to discuss terms of surrender. This resource, part three of three, glances over 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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Civil War Warm-up

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students analyze political cartoons. In this Civil War lesson, students examine political cartoons from the Library of Congress archives. Students determine how the cartoonists feel about the Confederacy's chances in the war.
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A Flag Divided

For Teachers K - 5th
Students explore the flags of the Union and Confederacy, explore the symbolism of those flags, and create flags of their own.
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Women's Role in the War Effort

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Did you know that many women were Confederate spies during the Civil War? The resource focuses particularly on the important role women played for both the Union and Confederacy. It uses exercises such as a discussion, video, analyzing...
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Appomattox Court House and Lincoln's Assassination

For Students 8th - 11th
Did Lincoln know that victory for the Union was imminent? According to this video, which discusses the end of the Civil War (including a great anecdote about a historic coincidence between the beginning and end of the war), many...
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Union And Confederate Strengths

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What were the advantages the Union had over the Confederacy? What were the advantages the Confederacy had over the Union? Compare the advantages of each side, and discuss who you'd think would win the war based on the information...
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Battle of Fort Sumter

For Students 5th - 8th Standards
Fort Sumter, the site of the Civil War's first battle, taught the Union and the Confederacy an important lesson: they would both need to take stronger steps than anticipated if they wanted to win the war. History pupils read about the...
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Engaging the Reader: Close Reading Part 1 of "Shrouded in Myth"

For Teachers 4th Standards
Cynthia O’Brien’s two-page article, “The (Really) Great Law of Peace,” launches a unit study of Iroquois, the Iroquois Confederacy, and the Iroquois Constitution. The first instructional activity in the series scaffolds for and sets the...
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Practicing Reading Closely: Solving the Mystery: What's That Symbol?

For Teachers 4th Standards
What does the symbol on Tim’s shirt mean? The second instructional activity in an eight-part study of the Iroquois continues the reading of Cynthia O’Brien’s article, “The (Really) Great Law of Peace” that opens day one of the unit....
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Civil War Trust Animated Map: Antietam

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single day of the Civil War — and ended with an arguably inconclusive result. A detailed video takes viewers through the troop movements and military strategy of the Union and the Confederacy...
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Civil War Trust Animated Map: Vicksburg

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many consider the 1862 siege at Vicksburg to be the turning point of the American Civil War. Learn more about the necessity of Vicksburg for both the Confederacy and the Union — and the importance of its conquest on July 4, 1862 — with a...
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Iroquois Confederacy and the US Constitution

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the influence Native American culture had on the Founding fathers.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders analyze primary sources.  Students compare and contrast the differences between Native American...
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What This Cruel War Was Over: Slavery and the Civil War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Can't travel to Richmond for your Civil War unit? This plan creates an authentic experience, using primary sources and the essential question: Over What Was the Civil War Fought? Historians examine the Appomattox Marker, the site of Gen....
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Creating a Civil War Board Game

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Young historians demonstrate creativity and critical thinking skills in a project about the Civil War. Working in partners or groups, they design a board game that reviews information from the war, including causes of the war and...
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Jefferson Davis- Mini Biography

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Did you know that the president of the Confederacy during the United States Civil War did not originally advocate for secession from the Union? Discover more interesting facts about the first and only Confederate president with this...
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Civil War Research Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Give your WWI study collaborative energy using a group research project. Groups are assigned one of the six main themes (included). Each group has an outline to guide research but will need an assignment guide. Consider supplementing the...
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Civil War Essay Writing

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students, in groups of three, research a topic about the Civil War. They present thier research to the class in an orally.
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Who Led the South?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the role of Jefferson Davis and his leadership of the Confederacy during the Civil War. They examine the command system used in the Confederacy and analyze the effectiveness of the command system.

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