Lesson Plan

Blue or Gray? Perspectives on the Civil War

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Using primary and secondary sources, such as letters and diaries from soldiers and civilians, learners consider why people fought in the American Civil War. A role-playing Historical Mingle activity, as well as discussion questions and two-voice poem activity, allow for options and differentiation as class members consider the important question in American history. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use primary source packets to explore the reasons people fought in the American Civil War
  • After a Historical Mingle role play activity, examine the various perspectives on why people went to war
Classroom Considerations
  • Role play activity includes people who owned enslaved people and should be approached with sensitivity
  • Resource offers a variety of ways to explore the causes of the Civil War
  • Aspects of the lesson are easily adapted into other instruction
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