Civil War Battles: Common Core Lessons and Activities
This comprehensive product package focuses on the decisive battles of the Civil War including Fort Sumter, Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Each activity is Common Core aligned and can be used together or separately as time allows.
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The included informational text covers eight decisive Civil War battles in chronological order. Tier-three vocabulary words are in bold throughout the text. The close reading gives students a strong foundation for completing the additional lesson activities and assessment. Two Pages
Students determine the meaning of eight tier-three vocabulary words using the context of the text. After defining each word, students will demonstrate understanding by writing original sentences. One Page
The comprehension questions are multiple choice and short answer. Each question is based on the text, and vocabulary is addressed as well. One Page
Students will have an opportunity to creatively showcase their knowledge of the decisive Civil War battles by creating an illustrated timeline. First, students fill in the missing information for each battle on the timeline template. Next, students provide two facts and a picture for each battle. Completing the illustrated timeline appeals to all types of learners and chronologically summarizes the decisive battles of the Civil War. One Page
A black outline map is included for students to locate and label each decisive battle. Students will also have to color code Union and Confederate victories. Completing the map provides students with an excellent visual representation of the Civil War theatres. Comprehensive map directions are included. One Page
8 battle task cards and matching descriptions are included. Students identify the important aspects of each battle by matching the description card with the corresponding battle name. Using the task cards, students will have an opportunity to cooperatively review the text. Printing on cardstock or laminating before using the cards is recommended. Two Pages
This four-part assessment covers all aspects of the unit. Part One: Students complete a cloze paragraph utilizing the tier-three vocabulary words. Part Two: Students identify the sequence of events by placing five battles in chronological order. Part Three: Students complete three short answer questions focusing on battle characteristics. Part Four: Students complete an extended response question identifying two decisive battles and the reasoning behind their choice. Two Pages
An answer key is included for the vocabulary, comprehension questions, and illustrated timeline. Three Pages
Additional Civil War Resources from Literacy in Focus:
Dividing a Nation: The Road to Civil War - Close Read
Dred Scott: Close Reading, Mapping Activity, and Summary Writing
Frederick Douglass Close Read
Emancipation Proclamation: Primary Source Analysis
The Gettysburg Address Close Read and Summary Writing
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