This social studies skill builder on the American Civil War provides information on the people and events that shaped the war. Students learn about the importance of these events and people by analyzing a set of historical placards (photographs, maps, and drawings of key events and people) and by creating a visual metaphor relating to the conflict.
The lesson provides students an opportunity to develop and practice essential social studies skills. As they work through a series of placards and readings students identify significant events and people of the American Civil War era. Students also develop cooperative learning skills by working in small problem-solving pairs. The activity supports both NCSS and National History standards for students in grades 8 and 11 along with Common Core Standards: