Ulysses S. Grant Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Ulysses Grant. Students will watch two video lessons outlining his achievements, discuss content and complete activities and a quiz to make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain important events in relation to Ulysses S. Grant
  • describe the relevance of events during Grant's presidency
  • discuss the impact of Grant's presidency and legacy


1.5 - 2 hours


  • Access to the Internet
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Yarn or string

Key Vocabulary

  • Ku Klux Klan
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • 15th Amendment
  • Amnesty Act of 1872
  • West Point
  • 'Unconditional Surrender' Grant
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Military Division of the Mississippi
  • Overland Campaign
  • Army of the Potomac
  • Army of Northern Virginia

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

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