American Civil War Full Unit: Reading Passages, Activities, PowerPoint & Test!

Tony the Tourist
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4th - 5th
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165 pages
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The American Civil War is a complex topic that you can teach effectively with this 4-5 week, NO-PREP full unit! You will receive complete lesson plans, a student workbook with informational text, an accompanying interactive notebook (activity lapbook), a PowerPoint for teacher-guided instruction, and an end-of-unit assessment. The student workbook & PowerPoint are also Google 1:1 compatible. Reading and literacy skill building activities are built-in to the student workbook and encouraged throughout the unit. You can also buy the Student Workbook as a stand-alone resource- CHECK IT OUT HERE!

This unit is easy to implement with independent learners and, therefore, can be used in hybrid classrooms, with at-home learners, or fully in-person classes. And as a bonus- your students will learn about the Civil War effortlessly with Tony the Tourist! Check out the Abolition Mini-Book that is included with this full unit: CLICK HERE!


- A Student Workbook

  • Vocabulary List
  • A Unit Outline with lessons and page numbers
  • FOUR Lessons:
    • 1. An Overview of the North and the South (Geography, Economy, and Culture)
    • 2. Causes of the Civil War (Sectionalism, Expansion & Compromise- Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act- The Abolition Movement- a separate mini-book- the Election of Abraham Lincoln)
    • 3. The American Civil War (Southern Secession, Advantages of the Union & Confederacy, Important People, Major Battles- First Battle of Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam Gettysburg- Emancipation Proclamation & Gettysburg Address, Role of soldiers, women, and black Americans, Surrender at Appomattox.)
    • 4. Reconstruction (Amendments 13, 14, and 15, Lincoln's Assassination, Freedmen's Bureau, Sharecropping, Jim Crow Laws, Compromise of 1877)
  • Reading Passages with Guided Notes
  • Reading Skills activities
  • Study Guide
  • Google 1:1 Compatible

- An Interactive Notebook / Activity Lapbook

  • Completely aligned with the Student Workbook
  • 5 interactive activities
  • Can be used by students independently, for homework, or collaborative learning
  • 8 Writing Prompts on a Choice Board
  • Vocabulary Flashcards

- PowerPoint

  • Provides a digital format of the Student Workbook
  • Great for teacher-guided instruction and read alouds
  • Unit content is not editable, but you can add or delete slides
  • Google Slides presentation is also included

- Teacher Guide

  • Lesson plans with Student Learning Objectives and Essential Questions
  • Answer Keys for all resources
  • Unit preparation checklist
  • State Standards: Common Core, TEKS, VA SOL
  • Teacher Unit Prep Check List

- Test

  • Editable Word document and PDF provided
  • 5 fill-in-the-blank questions with a word bank
  • 5 multiple choice questions
  • 5 True/False statements
  • 2 short response questions

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Total Pages
165 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.


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