The purpose of this lesson is to investigate the key battles in the early years of the Civil War and how they contributed to the outcome. It will also examine the Emancipation Proclamation. Students will write an editorial to explain the state of the war after one of the battles.
Students will support the following claim with evidence from the sources. They will explain the evidence and the claim.
Neither side had a clear advantage in the early years of the Civil War.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, ten sources (primary and secondary sources), and questions. Some questions are simple recall questions, since the purpose of the lesson is to learn the Social Studies content using literacy. Other questions are higher-order thinking questions.