American Civil War Unit with Leveled Passages, Activities, Vocabulary & Test

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This Civil War activity pack has it all! With leveled reading passages, organizers, comprehension & connection activities, vocabulary posters, case files on important people & a flipbook! It also includes a study guide and a Unit Test that is EDITABLE! Your students will love this creative non-fiction resource all about the American Civil War!

**Newly Updated in 2020 with Three Different Levels of Reading Passages**

The Civil War is the only time in history that the United States was divided and fought against itself. There were several reasons war broke out, including states’ rights and slavery. The Southern States strongly believed in states’ rights, where each state gets to make its own laws. In the end, the North was victorious with General Grant defeating General Lee. The nation had survived through the worst period in its history and was united once again.

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Students will learn all about the Civil War with leveled reading passages, organizers, and interactive activities for the causes, events, important people, and results of the war including:

✔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

✔8 Videos shared from 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

This Civil War resource includes many interactive activities for reinforcing learning:

✔Character Mini-booklets for each historical figure

✔Fact Flaps Activity

✔Graphic Organizers with comprehension questions

✔5-Page 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

✔Unit Test PDF

✔Unit Test PowerPoint (EDITABLE)

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 put the timeline dates in the correct order, coloring, cutting, and then pasting 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 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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