Technology in the Civil War Telegraph, Railroads, Naval Technology + Weapons


Grade Levels
5th – 8th
Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Resource Type
Activities, Handouts
Formats Included
Zip, Google Apps™
5 pages

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When studying the Civil War, this is one of the most commonly requested topics from my students. They love hearing details about the new technology and weaponry, and how it impacted the course of the war.

I’ve found that this topic is better conveyed through visuals. Therefore, this lesson has students view a series of videos that discuss various topics relating to new technology – small arms, naval technology, the telegraph, and railroads. Each of these videos is available for free. I’ve included a 2-page graphic organizer for students to complete with an answer key for teachers. Both classroom and digital versions are included.

The lesson is linked to the NYS Social Studies Framework, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.

NYS Standards:

7.8d.3 – Students will examine how the use of various technologies affected the conduct and outcome of the Civil War.

This zip file includes a PowerPoint version (fully editable), a PDF version, and a link to a Google Slides version.

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