This lesson is so much fun! This is a Google Slides simulation that guides students through the major battles of the Civil War. Students choose whether they want to be a Union or Confederate soldier, and then they follow that soldier's journey to each of the major battles. Students were careful to consider the ramifications of choosing each side, and they made very interesting decisions.
All of the information in the simulation is based on real research. Each event is based on the actual journals of Civil War soldiers, and every event has been carefully edited for clarity, comprehension, and conciseness. You can use this as a framework for your entire Civil War Unit!
My students absolutely love this simulation! They've even noted that I must have put a lot of work into its creation! (Yes, 12-year-olds said this!)
- The Battle of Bull Run | Music of the Civil War Soldiers | The Seven Days Battles | Medical Care during the Civil War | The Battle of the Ironclads | blockade runners | The Battle of Antietam | The Emancipation Proclamation | The Battle of Gettysburg | The Gettysburg Address | The Battle of Vicksburg | Sherman’s March to the Sea | The Election of 1864 | Andersonville | Lee’s surrender at Appomattox
The lesson is linked to the NYS Social Studies Framework, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
7.8d.2 - Students will examine the goals and content of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
7.8d.3 - Students will examine how the use of various technologies affected the conduct and outcome of the Civil War.
7.8d.5 - Students will examine the topography and geographic conditions at Gettysburg and Antietam, and analyze the military strategies employed by the North and the South at Gettysburg or Antietam.
Everything you need is included in this purchase! Just print and teach!
Included in this resource:
● A Powerpoint Version of the handouts (editable)
● A PDF Version of the slides and handouts(not editable)
● A Google Slides Version of the handouts (you can make a copy of you want to make your own edits)
● A link to the slides for the simulation in Google Slides (this is done on purpose so that I can edit the file instantly if any changes are needed - It can also be downloaded as a PowerPoint)
● A Detailed Lesson Plan
Check out my other lessons from this era:
Strengths and Weaknesses Stations Activity The Civil War Gallery Walk
The Gettysburg Address Close Reading Activity The Civil War
The NYC Draft Riots
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