This is a Google Slides interactive experience that guides students through the major battles of the Civil War. Students follow a soldier’s journey to each of the major battles and write a third-person narrative about the soldier’s experience from the perspective of a “junior historian” with the National Parks Service. You can view more in the preview here.
I have included three different versions of this product to meet the needs of the many ways teachers are facilitating instruction.
What teachers are saying about this resource:
“Really loved this resource. I will definitely be using it again. It was a great way to get through the material, and add a more interactive element to it. I love how I can cover material, but in a different way from the traditional “take notes on this slideshow” type of way. My students were engaged and definitely paid closer attention since they were “part of the experience.” Really enjoyed this product and highly recommend it.” – Elizabeth F.
“This is the best way to teach the life of a soldier and major battles! My students really were engaged in their narratives and even made their stories line up. Thank you!” – A Cup of History
“I am home-schooling my 4th-grade daughter during the pandemic. We loved, loved, loved this Civil War adventure. What a fun way to learn about the Civil War. We loved “playing the past” with this curriculum. My daughter understands the Civil War a lot more after “traveling” through it. Having children choose and develop a character while journeying through the major events of the war is a brilliant way to learn about the war. We loved the choose-your-own-adventure style, and the movie- and documentary-clips helped us to emotionally connect with the events. Thank you for creating such an engaging lesson.” – Heather C.
The classroom version is meant for whole classroom instruction where the teacher presents to the students.
There are two different digital versions. The first is the whole slideshow with the answer slides at the end for easy grading. The other digital version has the slides in the original order so that teachers can divide the presentation and assign over different days.
All of the information in the interactive experience is based on real research. Each event is based on the actual journals of Civil War soldiers, and every event has been carefully edited for clarity, comprehension, and conciseness. Teachers can use this as a framework for their entire Civil War Unit!
Topics include – The Battle of Bull Run | Music of the Civil War Soldiers | The Seven Days Battles | Medical Care during the Civil War | The Battle of the Ironclads | blockade runners | The Battle of Antietam | The Emancipation Proclamation | The Battle of Gettysburg | The Gettysburg Address | The Battle of Vicksburg | Sherman’s March to the Sea | The Election of 1864 | Andersonville | Lee’s surrender at Appomattox
The lesson is linked to the NYS Social Studies Framework, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
7.8d.2 – Students will examine the goals and content of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
7.8d.3 – Students will examine how the use of various technologies affected the conduct and outcome of the Civil War.
7.8d.5 – Students will examine the topography and geographic conditions at Gettysburg and Antietam, and analyze the military strategies employed by the North and the South at Gettysburg or Antietam.
Included in this resource:
- A PDF Version of the slides and handouts (not editable)
- A Google Slides Version of the handouts (you can make a copy of you want to make your own edits)
- A link to the slides for the resource in Google Slides. There are two different versions – a full class version and a digital version to assign students independently. (this is done on purpose so that I can edit the file instantly if any changes are needed. THE LINK IS PROVIDED IN THE LESSON PLAN. PLEASE READ THE LESSON PLAN FIRST. You can very easily download the presentation as a PowerPoint if you wish.)
- A Detailed Lesson Plan
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