Civil War Unit Trailer
Civil War Powerpoint Lecture Notes
Labs and Activities
1. HA: A Personal Letter - Read an actual letter written in 1861 by a regular person struggling with the prospects of secession and life at the time. Pay close to attention to the author!
2. Secession Stations - Analyze 9 primary source documents arguing for and against secession to decide if it was the right course of action for the South.
3. Vicksburg Simulation - An experiential exercise where students read a series of accounts of life in Vicksburg during the siege. Students will travel in trenches and be overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of constant bombardment. [Presentation] [Front Audio] [Center Audio] You can find a full write-up of the lessons and my experiences here.
4: HA: Lincoln's Own Words - Analyze two of Lincoln's most important speeches (the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address) to determine their overall importance.
5. Civil War DBQ - Determine if the events of the war and Reconstruction period were all worth it. Despite the cost was the Civil War ultimately a positive event for America?