The purpose of this lesson is to investigate the key battles in the final stages of the Civil War and how they contributed to the outcome. It will also examine the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. This lesson will also evaluate the role of Sherman’s “total war” tactics in bringing about Union victory. The final part of the lesson will investigate the Confederacy’s surrender and the Union’s victory. Students will create a timeline of significant events in the Civil War that led to the Union’s victory. This will help the students understand the time frame of the events.
The lesson will conclude with a constructed response with the rubric included.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, eleven 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.