The Civil War

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In our The Civil War Lesson Plan, students will identify key people and major battles during the first half of the Civil War.  Engage critical thinking and idea sharing with discussions and reinforce learned concepts with interactive activities, like a word scramble.  Ample resources provided to expand or clarify understanding.

The Civil War Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages on the early Civil War, Leadership during the war, and the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Instructional Content Pages review or quiz handout
  • Civil War Unscramble words Homework Assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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In our The Civil War Lesson Plan, students will identify key people and major battles during the first half of the Civil War.  Engage critical thinking and idea sharing with discussions and reinforce learned concepts with interactive activities, like a word scramble.  Ample resources provided to expand or clarify understanding.

Clarendon Learning’s Civil War Overview

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Snippet:

  1. The teacher will review the main causes of the Civil War, concentrating on slavery and the issues that surrounded it.
  2. The teacher will pass out the Lesson Text sheet and go over it, point by point.
  3. The teacher will write key (bolded) terms on the board to emphasize their importance.
  4. The teacher and students will engage in discussion about the various battles and key figures in the first half of the Civil War.
  5. Students will be invited to ask questions in order to clarify their knowledge.
  6. Students will complete the Review Sheet, using both the terms on the board and the bolded terms in the text to guide them.
  7. The teacher will call on individual students (or students may volunteer) to give their answers to the review sheet. All questions will be answered aloud.
  8. Students will complete the word scramble for homework in order to reinforce concepts learned in class.
  9. The following day, the teacher and students will go over homework answers together.

Class Sessions (45-60 minutes): One

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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02/18/2019
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Civil War

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04/07/2018
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Good Resource

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03/28/2018
Heather B.
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AMAZING!!!!

Fantastic lesson and activities. My 4th grade class loved it. Thank you so much.

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02/16/2018
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10/10/2017
Wendy B.
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The Civil War

I am looking forward to using this to enhance my curriculum later this year. We do not get to this unit until spring but I am always looking for ways to increase my student's knowledge.