Ch 5: Civil War Battles Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Supplement your traditional approach to teaching about the Civil War with our lesson plans outlining engaging and interactive ways your students can learn about famous battles from this conflict. You will find ideas for classroom discussions, individual or group activities, fun projects and more.

Civil War Battles Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will find lesson plans and corresponding video and text lessons providing fun and creative ways you can teach your students about various battles of the Civil War. Lesson plans provide ideas for writing activities, classroom discussions, and research papers that allow students to delve deeper into these topics to gain a full understanding of the events surrounding each conflict.

You can also use video lessons that provide a visual presentation of facts about these battles and have your students take brief quizzes to determine how much they have retained from these lessons.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Helps your history or social studies syllabus meet various common standards.
  • Student engagement: Ensures student participation and attention through fun activities and classroom discussion topics that might not be addressed in your curriculum.
  • Activities or games: Encourages students to apply creative talents to different projects that can help them better understand and appreciate the material being presented in class.
  • Additional resources: Utilizes short video lessons that can supplement the topics you are teaching in class.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning history lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific Civil War battle topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Civil War battles lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of the most famous battles of the Civil War.
  • Engage your students with relevant activities, discussion questions or other materials pertaining to Civil War battles that are found in the lesson plan outline.

19 Lessons in Chapter 5: Civil War Battles Lesson Plans
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Civil War Battle Strategy Lesson Plan

1. Civil War Battle Strategy Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Civil War battle strategies. Students will watch a video and answer questions that will enable them to compare the Union and Confederate strategies.

U.S. Civil War Generals Lesson Plan

2. U.S. Civil War Generals Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the generals on both sides of the Civil War. Students will be able to describe the role each of these men played in the war.

Confederate & Union Generals of the Civil War

3. Confederate & Union Generals of the Civil War

The Civil War was a major conflict, but each army was only as good as its commanders. In this lesson, we'll get to know a few important generals from each side and see how they influenced the Civil War.

Civil War Weapons Lesson Plan

4. Civil War Weapons Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about important weapons of the Civil War. They will debate the morality and significance of new weapons technology through opposing political cartoons.

American Civil War Weapons: Facts & History

5. American Civil War Weapons: Facts & History

In this lesson, we will discuss weapons used during the Civil War. You will learn about how those weapons were used and how they work, such as small arms, long arms, knives, and cannons.

Glory Discussion Questions

6. Glory Discussion Questions

'Glory' is an Academy Award winning movie by director Edward Zwick based on the true story of Robert Gould Shaw, a Union officer who led a black regiment during the American Civil War. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this film.

Fort Sumter Lesson Plan

7. Fort Sumter Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to teach your students about the important events that happened at Fort Sumter. Students will watch two engaging videos explaining what happened there before the war and how this impacted the outcome of the war. Discussion questions, cooperative learning activities and a quiz make this lesson memorable.

Battle at Fort Sumter: Summary, Facts & Map

8. Battle at Fort Sumter: Summary, Facts & Map

Fort Sumter was a U.S. military installation in Charleston Harbor where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. The Fort, held by Union soldiers at the time, fell to Confederates the next day.

Battle of Antietam Lesson Plan

9. Battle of Antietam Lesson Plan

This lesson plan includes an activity, extension, mini-activity, key terms, and discussion topics and questions that will help your students understand a lot more about the Battle of Antietam.

What Is the Battle of Antietam? - Facts, Summary & Significance

10. What Is the Battle of Antietam? - Facts, Summary & Significance

Over 23,000 men fell as casualties in the one-day Battle of Antietam, making it the bloodiest day in American history. The Union victory at Antietam resulted in President Abraham Lincoln issuing his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.

The Battle of Bull Run Lesson Plan

11. The Battle of Bull Run Lesson Plan

What was the first major battle in the American Civil War? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to present a comprehensive look at the First Battle of Bull Run for students. A mapping activity highlights both sides of the conflict.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Summary, Significance & Facts

12. The First Battle of Bull Run: Summary, Significance & Facts

The First Battle of Bull Run (also known as the First Manassas) was fought on July 21, 1861. It was the first major battle of the Civil War and resulted in a Confederate victory.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

13. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.

Battle of Shiloh Lesson Plan

14. Battle of Shiloh Lesson Plan

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

Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

15. Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

The Battle of Shiloh was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862, and resulted in a Union victory. With more than 23,000 casualties, Shiloh was the first battle of the Civil War that saw large-scale death and suffering.

The Battle of Shiloh: Conflict, Outcome & Generals Involved

16. The Battle of Shiloh: Conflict, Outcome & Generals Involved

The Battle of Shiloh was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862. Confederate forces launched a surprise attack against Union troops, but Union forces ultimately hung on and won. There were well over 23,000 casualties in the two days of fighting.

Battle of Gettysburg Lesson Plan

17. Battle of Gettysburg Lesson Plan

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest and most decisive battle of the Civil War. This lesson plan from Study.com helps your students really understand what happened those three June days.

Battle of Gettysburg: Summary & Outcome

18. Battle of Gettysburg: Summary & Outcome

In this lesson, we will study the famous 3-day battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We will briefly examine the battle's beginnings, each of its three days, and its aftermath.

Battle of Gettysburg Activities

19. Battle of Gettysburg Activities

Many students have heard of the Battle of Gettysburg, but not all truly understand its significance. These activities can build on your students' knowledge while letting them explore the topic in new ways.

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