Civil War: 14 engaging, Common Core lessons to teach American Civil War Unit!
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The Civil War Unit from History with Mr E includes 14 student-centered, hands-on activities. All activities are currently on Teachers Pay Teachers already! Instead of paying over $50 for each lesson separately, buy this unit and enjoy a savings of over 35%!
This unit includes paper in-class versions and 1:1 Google compatible versions (to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom) for the vast majority of resources. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!
The Civil War Unit includes the following 14 resources:
✔ 1.) Four Major Events Leading to Civil War - Students Create Common Craft Videos!
Students create video projects to kick off the Civil War unit! Creativity is on display as students recreate the Dred Scott Case, John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry, the Compromises of 1820 and 1850, or Bleeding Kansas (and the Kansas-Nebraska Act).
✔ 2.) Evaluating Antebellum America: Analyzing Maps and Graphs in Pre-Civil War America
This lessons serves as an outstanding integration of mathematics into Social Studies. Here, students interact with math/data based stations as they analyze what antebellum American looked like before the war. Students learn about manufacturing, agricultural production, and the workforce (plus many others) in both the North and South.
✔ 3.) Election of 1860 Debate Simulation: A Precursor to the Civil War!
Get ready to engage your class with this hands-on and authentic debate that recreates the election of 1860. Student debate teams of Lincoln, Douglas, Breckinridge, Bell face off in what will be a very memorable experience.
✔ 4.) The Civil War: A Scavenger Hunt!
What were your odds of being killed in battle? What about dying of disease? What was the bloodiest day in American history? Students navigate the room analyzing data to learn about Civil War destruction.
✔ 5.) The American Civil War: Strengths, Weaknesses, and the Game Plan of Both Sides!
The War begins! Students learn about the firing at Fort Sumter, the strategies of both sides, and how both sides stack up with a PowerPoint, guided notes, and video!
✔ 6.) Why Did We Fight? Exploring the Reasons for Fighting the Civil War
Read 9 (very brief) accounts of why soldiers (white, black, male, female, slave, free) joined to fight in the Civil War.
✔ 7.) Civil War Battle Mapping! 62 page PowerPoint, Organizer, & Videos! Grant & Lee!"
Enjoy the engaging way to teach the Civil War battles -- students use a map to record key information (complete with included PowerPoint and video integration)!
✔ 8.) The Civil War: A Battle / Event Carousel
Students navigate through stations to learn about several key battles and events that were influential throughout the war. Great way to differentiate the battles!
✔ 9.) Life During the Civil War: A Primary and Secondary Source Analysis Activity
What was it like for a civilian during the Civil War? Use this primary source activity to engage students on the civilian experience.
✔ 10.) The Gettysburg Address: Students Investigate, Restate, and Create!
Students chunk the Gettysburg Address to make it more student friendly - they will identify key vocabulary, terminology, and make connections!
✔ 11.) Civil War Base Ball: Playing America's Pastime!
Enjoy a day outdoors as your class plays the baseball game that was invented to pass the time during the Civil War. Super fun!
✔ 12.) Abraham Lincoln: "The Great Emancipator" or "Just Another Politician"
Watch as students see the evolution of Abraham Lincoln and his views on slavery. Students begin understanding Lincoln just prior to being elected in 1860, then analyze a variety of primary source images, text, and cartoons to see how his thinking evolved.
✔ 13.) The Civil War Unit Test! This test contains 35 multiple choice and 3 extended response questions!
✔ 14.) Civil War "I Can" Statements & Learning Goals! Posters and Log for Civil War!
Use the log and I Can Statements to chart student progress, learning, and growth. Keep students accountable with this resource that spans the entire unit.
Looking for more resources focused on the buildup the Civil War? If so, check out the Sectionalism and Irreconcilable Period Bundle! This bundle includes resources on Dred Scott, Nat Turner, John Brown, and more!
Supplement the Civil War Unit with these awesome accessory resources:
✩ Civil War Interactive Notebook! Engaging Resource on the American Civil War!
✩ Civil War Differentiated Primary Source Warmups! Easy Supplements for Civil War!
✩ Civil War Trivia Challenge! Students Play Trivia to Review Sectionalism and Civil War!
✩ The Civil War Review Game where students play along as contestants in "Who Wants to be a Millionaire!"
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