The Civil War

Civil War Unit Trailer

Civil War Powerpoint Lecture Notes

 TitleDescription  PowerPoint Video
 Civil WarFrom the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the final battles in Virginia this story tracks the progression of the Civil War year by year. Be warned, the PPT files are big. I've included all the videos this time as they really help to complete the story.
 AftershockThe surrender of the Confederate army did not mean that all her citizens were done fighting. They continued to struggle against Union control in a period known as Reconstruction.

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?