Joshua Chamberlain Lesson Plan

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While Joshua Chamberlain's name is not as iconic as Abraham Lincoln or Robert E. Lee, he still played a pivotal role in the military engagements of the Civil War. Using two secondary sources—including one that draws heavily from his journals—classmates decide whether the absence of Chamberlain for the common pantheon of Civil War heroes is justified.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the included activity to evaluate Joshua Chamberlain's role at Gettysburg
  • Analyze the article about Chamberlain's journal to discuss his legacy
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need in-depth information about the Civil War, as well as Joshua Chamberlain and Gettysburg, in particular
  • Sources are long and difficult for pupils to read in class; some may struggle with the level of detail
  • Lesson profiles a lesser-known person in Civil War history
  • Resource includes practice at analyzing secondary source texts
  • Length of the lesson makes it difficult to practically use in most school curriculum