I've built this course and tweaked it now for ten years. It is very high quality and so much fun to teach. Everything you need is included. Certain chapters can be taught within an American History class. Items include: .
- teachers notes (full of amusing anecdotes to supplement content)
- student notes
- chapter tests and answer keys
- thirteen primary source documents with questions and keys
- detailed battle lectures for Antietam, Fredericksburg and Shiloh
- over 200 highly organized True or False questions with answer key for the eleven hour Ken Burns Civil War Series which is available on YouTube or for purchase through PBS.
The student notes match the teacher notes and the tests are aligned perfectly with the these. The tests are matching and multiple choice with a short answer question on about ten of them. The multiple choice questions are constructed according to standards set forth by an educational measurement department at a nearby university.
I've used Bruce Catton's American Heritage Illustrated History of the Civil War as the organizational framework and the chapters in the purchased materials align well with the book. I offer the book to students to look up vocabulary and so they can peruse the pictures. But, the book is not a necessity and many students earn As without opening the textbook.
Except for the preview copy, I've loaded the teacher notes with the fun anecdotes that bring the past to life.
You might ask your principal or bookkeeper about setting up a Teachers Pay Teacher account for this purchase or for a method of reimbursement.
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
Chapter One: The causes of the war from 1776 to 1861 with the 3/5 Compromise, Missouri Compromise, Mexican American War and Compromise of 1850, Kansas Nebraska Act, John Brown, Lincoln's election, and secession.
Chapter Two: Fort Sumter, strengths and weaknesses of each side, organizing for war, Ball's Bluff and the Committee on the Conduct of the War, and First Bull Run.
Chapter Three: The Peninsula Campaign, Winfield Scott, Shiloh, Forts Henry and Donelson, and Jackson's Valley Campaign.
Chapter Four: naval warfare including the blockade, the Merrimac and Monitor, and the Hunley
Chapter Five: Second Bull Run, Antietam, Matthew Brady, and Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation
Chapter Six; the war from an international perspective and Fredericksburg
Chapter Seven: Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg
Chapter Eight: Training, tactics, cavalry, engineering, Dorthea Dix, medicine, and the common life of a soldier
Chapter Nine: United States Colored Troops, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Battle Above the Clouds, Great Locomotive Chase.
Chapter Ten Grant's Overland Campaign including the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Battle of the Crater
Chapter Eleven The economies at war, Andersonville, the election of 1864, draft riots.
Chapter Twelve: Sheridan in the Shenandoah, Farragut takes Mobile Bay, Sherman takes Atlanta
Chapter Thirteen: Sherman's March to the Sea, Battle of Franklin and Nashville,
Chapter Fourteen: Lincoln's inaugural, Appomattox
Chapter Fifteen: Lincoln's Death, capture of Booth, Lincoln's funeral, Johnston surrenders
The Past is a Blast