Spanish Civil War Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides a mini-activity, an activity, an extension, a quiz, and example discussion topics and questions that will help students learn about the Spanish Civil War.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • identify the major players involved in the Spanish Civil War
  • discuss why Franco's side ended up prevailing
  • describe the immediate impact the war had on Spaniards


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.7

Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Key Terms

  • Civil war
  • General Miguel Primo de Rivera
  • Alfonso XIII
  • Miguel Azana
  • General Francisco Franco
  • German Condor Legion


  • Handouts of quotes from Francisco Franco as noted in the lesson
  • Blank poster board
  • Colored pencils


Warm Up

  • To activate prior knowledge and warm students up for learning, ask:
    • Do you know who General Francisco Franco was?
    • When do you think the Spanish Civil War began?

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