American Civil War COMPLETE Unit: Causes of the Civil War, Battles & Results

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Make history come to life in your classroom with our Civil War Activities Complete Unit! Immerse your students into the American Civil War with this comprehensive collection of interactive activities, leveled reading passages, comprehension questions, and vocabulary posters. Step back in time as you teach your students about the events and people that were part of this crucial moment in history.

Go Digital--A Digital Version of This Unit is Now Available:

A DIGITAL version of this unit for Google Classroom is available.

With information about:

  • Slavery in America
  • A Divided Nation
  • Seceding the Union
  • Lincoln is Elected
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Ironclads
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Sherman's March to the Sea
  • A Union Soldier's Life
  • A Confederate Soldier's Life
  • Surrender at Appomattox
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Keeping the Union Together
  • Reconstruction of the Nation
  • 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments
  • Videos shared on YouTube

With character studies on five important people:

✔President Abraham Lincoln

✔Harriet Tubman

✔Clara Barton

✔General Robert E. Lee

✔General Ulysses S. Grant

✔Jefferson Davis

There are lots of interactive activities to reinforce learning:

  • Character Mini-booklets
  • Fact Flaps Activity
  • Graphic Organizers with comprehension questions
  • Civil War Flip Book
  • Vocabulary Posters (6)
  • Vocabulary Flip Flaps
  • Spotlight on Vocabulary
  • Hidden Word Sort--Compare & Contrast Activity
  • Study Guide--Doodle Notes
  • Timeline Activity
  • Bulletin Board Kit
  • Teachers Pacing Guide
  • Video Links
  • Unit Test
  • Answer Keys

Be sure to check out the PREVIEW for more information.

Introduce the Unit:

Read about the causes of the Civil War, answer comprehension questions, and complete the organizers. The organizers work well for group work.

Character Studies:

Set up a learning station for each of the five historical figures. In a folder at each station include the case studies on each historical figure and mini-booklets with a timeline. Students can complete the Character Mini-Booklets by writing three facts about that person and then putting the timeline dates in the correct order, coloring, cutting, and then pasting them inside their notebooks.

Causes of War:

Read about the main events and battles highlighted and complete the custom-created graphic organizers. Students may need additional resources to answer all the questions on the organizer pages.

Vocabulary Activities:

Introduce or review the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or use them as a center activity. These posters make an attractive bulletin board display in a snap.

Results of War:

Read about the results of the Civil War. Bring the students together for class discussions to check for understanding and further their critical thinking skills after each lesson. Have students complete the 5-page Flipbook. They can build it page by page or use it for homework.

At the end of the unit, have students take the Unit Test to check for understanding and evaluate their learning.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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