Fort Sumter Reading Comprehension

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The Battle of Fort Sumter was both the first and the least deadly battle of the American Civil War, with no soldiers lost during the lengthy bombardment. Learn more about the first shots of the Civil War with a short reading passage and ten-question assessment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a short quiz in history class, or when addressing social studies concepts in language arts
  • Have learners write a similar passage about a different battle of the Civil War, as well as comprehension questions for peers to answer
  • Prompt pupils to write a letter from the perspective of a Union soldier stationed at Fort Sumter the morning of April 12, 1861
  • After reading the passage, have class members work together to create a timeline of events leading up to and following the Battle of Fort Sumter
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior knowledge of the causes, sides, and key figures of the Civil War is helpful for comprehension
  • Two-page format makes the resource easy to copy and distribute as a double-sided handout
  • Addresses reading comprehension and vocabulary skills as well as topics from the Civil War
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