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Ch 4: Life During the Civil War Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans we've included in this teacher resource chapter on life during the Civil War are mobile-friendly and accessible 24 hours a day. Developed to help you create interesting curriculum for your classroom, these lesson plans cover many aspects of life during this war.

Life During the Civil War Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors outline life during the Civil War in the lesson plans provided in this chapter for your review and integration. The life of a Civil War soldier and the medicines, music and slang terms used during the Civil War are covered in our lesson plans, as well as animal mascots used by regiments and letters from Civil War soldiers. You can use these resources to improve or refresh your own lesson plans while integrating new concepts and activities into your teaching.

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15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Life During the Civil War Lesson Plans
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Life of a U.S. Civil War Soldier Lesson Plan

1. Life of a U.S. Civil War Soldier Lesson Plan

This lesson plan utilizes a text lesson, discussion questions and a writing activity to explore the similarities and differences between life as a Confederate and Union soldier. Extension activities are also included to expand the lesson further.

Life of a Soldier During the U.S. Civil War: Confederate & Union

2. Life of a Soldier During the U.S. Civil War: Confederate & Union

In the American Civil War, the United States was divided and people who had once been citizens of the same country were now on opposite sides of the battlefield. In this lesson, learn about the similarities and differences in the daily life of soldiers in the Confederacy and the Union.

U.S. Civil War Music Lesson Plan

3. U.S. Civil War Music Lesson Plan

Music soothes the soul, even during times of war. This lesson plan examines the music of the American Civil War. Students will explore the concept through a text lesson and quiz, discussions, and a musical activity.

American Civil War Music: History, Songs & Instruments

4. American Civil War Music: History, Songs & Instruments

More so than in any other war, music played a significance role during the American Civil War. In this lesson, learn about the purpose and presence of music in the war, as well as popular songs and instruments during this era.

Civil War Medicine Lesson Plan

5. Civil War Medicine Lesson Plan

Teachers may use these lesson plans to teach students about medical care during the American Civil War. Students will be able to describe the unhygienic conditions, as well as identify innovative leaders of the healthcare industry during that time.

American Civil War Medical Care & Medicine: Facts, Conditions & Techniques

6. American Civil War Medical Care & Medicine: Facts, Conditions & Techniques

The medical care of soldiers during wartime highlights the best medical technology and practices of the time. Although not great at the start of the Civil War, medical practices improved drastically by the war's end.

U.S. Civil War Animal Mascots Lesson Plan

7. U.S. Civil War Animal Mascots Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about some of the animal mascots used by regiments in the US Civil War. Students will explore the roles of mascots in morale and recruitment.

U.S. Civil War Regimental Animal Mascots

8. U.S. Civil War Regimental Animal Mascots

Animal mascots were an integral part of military regiments during the U.S. Civil War. Continue reading to learn more about how these mascots came to be and why they became so important.

Civil War Slang Lesson Plan

9. Civil War Slang Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about slang that was used during Civil War times. Students will be able to define and use Civil War slang when writing letters.

Civil War Slang Terms & Their Meanings

10. Civil War Slang Terms & Their Meanings

The American Civil War was full of colorful expressions and terms. In this lesson, we are going to check out a few common 1860s slang terms and see how they would have been used.

Civil War Soldiers Letters Lesson Plan

11. Civil War Soldiers Letters Lesson Plan

Teach students about the significance of letter writing from Civil War soldiers. Students will read an informational passage, engage in discussion and write some letters of their own.

Letters from Civil War Soldiers

12. Letters from Civil War Soldiers

This lesson is going to discuss some of the historical importance to the letters that have been preserved from Civil War soldiers. You'll get to read some excerpts of them as well.

Behind Rebel Lines Discussion Questions

13. Behind Rebel Lines Discussion Questions

Middle school students will have their passion for the Civil War ignited by the true story of Emma Edmonds in ''Behind Rebel Lines'' by Seymour Reit. Use this discussion guide to help students think critically about the plot of the book.

Life in The North After The Civil War Lesson Plan

14. Life in The North After The Civil War Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson plan to introduce students to what life was like in the North after the Civil War. A group role playing activity is included to help students examine the changes in the North and their lasting impact on America.

Life in the South After the Civil War Lesson Plan

15. Life in the South After the Civil War Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about life in the South after the American Civil War. Students will watch a video and answer questions, as well as describe the challenges faced by Southerners after the war.

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