Battle of Shiloh Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you with numerous activities, discussion topics and questions, and quizzes that will help students appreciate the Battle of Shiloh.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students need to:

  • identify the key dates and places surrounding the Battle of Shiloh
  • name the main officers involved in this Battle
  • discuss the importance of the battle and its outcome to both sides of the war


1-2 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

Instructions & Discussion Questions

  • Students should be assigned to read, take notes, and jot down questions they have for each of the following lessons prior to coming to class in order to be ready for the discussion and numerous activities during class.
  • Once class commences, proceed to the Key Term Warm-Up Activity as delineated below.
  • After that has been completed, watch the following videos:
  • Ask students if they have any questions about the lessons then discuss:
    • Describe the events that precipitated this battle.
    • How did the battle play out?
    • What was the Hornet's Nest?
    • Have the students name the main officers involved in leading the Battle of Shiloh and the role they played during the battle. Do this for both sides of the battle.
    • Discuss the importance of this Battle and its eventual outcome to both the Union and Confederate forces.
  • Once the discussion has been completed, have the students take the following lesson quizzes as an in-class activity and as a test of their knowledge of the topic:
    • lesson quiz on the Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance.
    • lesson quiz on The Battle of Shiloh: Conflict, Outcome & Generals Involved.
  • Discuss the questions and answers as a class after everyone has finished in order to ensure no lingering questions remain.

Key Term Warm-Up Activity

1. Split the class into two large teams.

2. Start a game of hangman. It's up to you if the class is allowed to use notes for it or not. However, the only words that can be chosen for the game are to be the following:

  • Shiloh
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Fort Henry
  • Tennessee River
  • Fort Donelson
  • Cumberland River
  • Corinth
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Pittsburgh Landing
  • Army of the Tennessee
  • Sidney Johnston
  • P.G.T. Beauregard
  • Army of Mississippi
  • Don Carlos Buell
  • Army of the Ohio
  • Hornet's Nest
  • Tennessee River
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lew Wallace

3. A person from one team (alternating teams for each round) is to come up to the board and choose a word. The rules of this game are essentially the same as any other hangman game.

4. The catch is that any team can call out the term as soon as they think they have it.

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