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Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 7th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
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Civil War & Reconstruction

Civil War & Reconstruction

  • Band Music from the Civil War
    Band Music from the Civil War Era makes available examples of a brilliant style of brass band music that flourished in the 1850s in the United States and remained popular through the nineteenth century. Bands of this kind served in the armies of both the North and the South during the Civil War.
  • BioClassroom: Abraham Lincoln
    This biography traces Lincoln's life from the rustic childhood that shaped him through his tragic assassination. Throughout this documentary, historians offer insights into Lincoln's personality, his decision-making style, and the combination of factors that led him to become one of the most significant leaders in American history. This program examines Lincoln's writings, his complex family life, and the evolution of his career.
  • BioClassroom: Frederick Douglass
    While viewing the documentary, examine the ways in which Douglass accomplished his marvelous and inspirational ascent despite such great odds. How did Douglass eventually become a leading spokesperson for the full rights and equality of all Americans? What risks did he take, knowing quite well that his hard-earned freedom - and his life - could end immediately if he were caught?
  • Causing the Civil War
    For years, textbook authors have contended that economic difference between North and South was the primary cause of the Civil War. The northern economy relied on manufacturing and the agricultural southern economy depended on the production of cotton. The desire of southerners for unpaid workers to pick the valuable cotton strengthened their need for slavery. The industrial revolution in the North did not require slave labor and so people there opposed it. The clash brought on the war.
  • Children’s Voices from the Civil War
    Textbooks, which feature the passive voice and condensed versions of momentous events, rarely capture the passion and drama of the past. By supplementing the textbook with documents that show how real-life children experienced historical events, the teacher can engage students' interests and can also offer multiple perspectives on historical events.
  • Civil War Lesson Plans from the National Parks Service
  • Civil War Photos: What Do You See?
    This lesson provides an excellent opportunity to teach students how to analyze historical photographs. Focusing on one photograph of a piece of Civil War artillery (though making use of a variety of other images), the lesson guides students step by step in carefully analyzing various elements of the photograph. Different portions of the image are isolated, and students answer questions about details in that portion of the image.
  • Crisis at Fort Sumter
    This site provides documents, essays, and questions about the events leading up to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 and places the events within a broader context of secession and southern independence.
  • Crisis of the Union
    This archive contains material related to "the causes, conduct, and consequences of the U.S. Civil War." The collection contains more than 220 books, broadsides, cartoons, pamphlets, and other printed material from 1830 to 1880. The entire archive can be browsed by author, date of publication, title, or subject.
  • Deadly Diseases: A Fate Worse than Dying on the Battlefield
    In this two-to-three day lesson students will examine firsthand accounts of nurses, doctors, war correspondents, and members of the Sanitary Commission. First, a PowerPoint presentation will help the teacher to give a background to Civil War medicine. A journal entry accompanies this so that students can place themselves in the Civil War. Students will then read a handout in groups and put together a project to present to the rest of the class.
  • Freedmen and Southern Society Project
    This site provides 44 primary documents relating to the emancipation of African American slaves between 1861 and 1865. It includes a letter by General William T. Sherman explaining why he refused to return fugitive slaves to their owners; an 1864 letter from Annie Davis, a Maryland slave, to President Abraham Lincoln asking him to clarify her legal status; a description by a Union general of a bloody battle at Milliken's Bend, LA and much more.
  • Lest We Never Forget
  • Lincoln's Bicentennial Lesson Plans
  • Lincoln's Crossroads Game
    Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005.
  • National Archives: Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Scholastic: Civil War
  • Spoils of War: Civil War Quilt
    This tale of family, geography, and war tells the amazing story of a South Carolina quilt and the surprising paths history can take.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
    This well-designed, comprehensive website explores Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin as an American cultural phenomenon. "Pre-Texts, 1830–1852" provides dozens of texts, songs, and images from the various genres Stowe drew upon, including Christian texts, sentimental culture, anti-slavery texts, and minstrel shows. The section on the novel includes Stowe's preface, multiple versions of the text, playable songs from the novel, and Stowe's defense against criticism.

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