Civil War Unit - 8 Civil War Lessons - Civil War Activities - Reconstruction Era

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This Civil War & Reconstruction curriculum unit includes 5 Civil War lessons & 3 Reconstruction Era lessons for 7-8 weeks of instruction & includes a printable & digital version. Some components are editable so you can tweak it to your students’ needs. Audios of the reading passages, quizzes, & tests are included. This is perfect for students with read-aloud accommodations. 

The included Civil War lessons & Reconstruction Era lessons help you easily integrate literacy with your social studies content with graphic organizers that focus on one specific reading skill per organizer, & students will be analyzing primary documents.

This Civil War curriculum unit can be used as a stand alone in the classroom and as a homeschool curriculum.

It includes these 5 Civil War lessons:

⭐️ Causes of the Civil War lesson

⭐️ Civil War Battles lesson

⭐️ The North & South Civil War lesson

⭐️ Abraham Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation lesson

⭐️ Key People of the Civil War lesson

It includes these 3 Reconstruction Era lessons:

⭐️ Political Impacts of Reconstruction Era lesson

⭐️ Economic Impacts of Reconstruction Era lesson

⭐️ Social Impacts of Reconstruction Era lesson

This Civil War Unit & Reconstruction Unit includes:

✅ 8 editable PowerPoint presentations that cover the Civil War & Reconstruction Era that can be used to facilitate discussion or have students take notes (PowerPoint presentations include carefully curated videos & links that will enrich the lessons)

✅ 8 slotted notes sets so students can focus on recording the important information from the PowerPoint presentation. Editable slotted notes included!

✅ 8 informational reading passages about the Civil War & Reconstruction Era (There are TWO versions of the reading passage included. One is the "paper saver" version for when you have to limit your copies. The other is the "note-taking" version which has enough space for annotating and taking notes. This version also includes bolded headers for the different sections!)

✅ 32 activities (4 per lesson): Includes key terms, dates & events, significant items, significant people, political cartoons, geographical connection, literary works, and a literacy connection. Three of the four activities PER lesson have two levels: a basic recall and an application of knowledge.

✅ 8 quizzes for each of the Civil War lessons & Reconstruction lessons included

✅ editable study guide

✅ editable unit test

✅ editable modified test

✅ answer keys for all components

✅ digital version of all components (Google & Easel)

✅ self-grading Google Forms version of quizzes, unit test, & modified unit test

✅ audio of reading passages, quizzes, unit test, & modified test (perfect for read-aloud accommodations)

✅ teacher's guide with suggested pacing map

PLUS these Civil War activities & Reconstruction Era activities:

⭐️ 8 graphic organizers 

⭐️ 6 Civil War interactive notebook foldables

⭐️ 5 Reconstruction Era interactive notebook foldables

⭐️ 5 Civil War primary source analysis pack

⭐️ 3 Reconstruction Era primary source analysis pack

⭐️ 59 Civil War vocabulary word wall cards

⭐️ 31 Reconstruction Era vocabulary word wall cards

⭐️ 10 Civil War & Reconstructionn Era stations

⭐️ Civil War Simulation- Tour of Duty

You will save 35% by purchasing this Civil War & Reconstruction Era unit.

Additional ways you can use these Civil War & Reconstruction Era lessons:

⭐️Limited on copies or paper? Every component of this lesson is ready-to-go on Google & Easel, so you can easily assign to your students. The quiz is also available on Google Forms, and I include explicit directions on how to assign and tweak (if desired) for your students. The quiz is also self-grading!

⭐️Short on time? Simply give students the reading passage, and they can complete the reading comprehension activities independently. All information needed for the activities is contained in the reading passage! These can also be used for homework.

⭐️Perfect for sub plans! These lessons require ZERO prep for substitute plans. Students can easily check their own answers with the included answer keys.

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❤️ “I love all of Heather's units and use them for my 7th grade History class. As an ELA teacher as well, I love that she incorporates ELA standards into her lessons. Her materials are very easy to use for both in-person and remote students as well.”

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Specific reading skills in this unit are:

relationships in a text/cause & effect; text structure; central ideas & summary; citing textual evidence & making inferences; unknown words & phrases; and integrating multiple sources of information.


US History Curriculum Complete Course

US History Curriculum Vol. 1

US History Curriculum Vol. 2

Unit 1: Indigenous Peoples of North America

Unit 2: Colonial America

Unit 3: American Revolution

Unit 4: Constitution & A New Nation

Unit 5: Age of Jackson & Sectionalism

Unit 6: US Civil War & Reconstruction

Unit 7: Gilded Age

Unit 8: Progressive Era & American Imperialism

Unit 9: World War 1

Unit 10: Roaring '20s & Great Depression

Unit 11: World War 2

==========NO PREP UNITS FOR US HISTORY==========

US History No Prep Complete Bundle

US History No Prep Vol. 1

US History No Prep Vol. 2

Indigenous Peoples of North America Unit Bundle

Colonial America Unit Bundle

American Revolution Unit Bundle

Constitution & A New Nation Unit Bundle

Age of Jackson & Sectionalism Unit Bundle

American Civil War Unit Bundle

Reconstruction Unit Bundle

Gilded Age Bundle

Progressive Era & U.S. Imperialism Unit Bundle

World War 1 Unit Bundle

Roaring '20s & the Great Depression Unit Bundle

World War 2 Unit Bundle

Cold War Bundle

Civil Rights Movement Unit Bundle

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379 pages + 146 ppt slides
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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