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Explore history.

The Civil War unit.

The American Civil War unit.

America's Civil War defined the future of the United States. Research to determine the causes, pivotal battles, important people, and important events of this monumental period of history.

Below, you'll find a section for resources and projects. You will have to complete the projects once you've researched using the videos and resources.

Each section will lead you to understanding the causes, battles, people, and consequences of the American Civil War.

Each activity will help you to understand an important concept about the unit. Research resources are provided for many of the activities. Use these to help you save time.

Each activity will be graded separately. All directions must be followed, use complete sentences and paragraphs, and include many details for the Civil War era.

Every activity that is submitted should be labelled with your full name, the date completed, the activity number, and the activity name in order to receive credit. All directions should be followed completely. Lack of any of these will result in the activity not being graded.

Civil War: Unit Overview

These are the required elements to this unit.

SS5H1 The student will explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War.
  1. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War.
  2. Discuss how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased tensions between the North and South.
  3. Identify major battles and campaigns: Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Appomattox Court House.
  4. Describe the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
  5. Describe the effects of war on the North and South.

SS5H2 The student will analyze the effects of Reconstruction on American life.
  1. Describe the purpose of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
  2. Explain the work of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
  3. Explain how slavery was replaced by sharecropping and how African-Americans were prevented from exercising their newly won rights; include a discussion of Jim Crow laws and customs.

Mini-lessons will be covered in class each day by Mr. Brazile.You need to know the answers to these questions.

  1. What factors lead to the American Civil War?

  2. How did events during the Civil War influence the outcome?

  3. How did people influence the country during the Civil War era?

  4. What consequences came from the Civil War ?

Directions: Please read all of these thoroughly, understanding that as we progress through the year, expectations change.

  • Students are expected to follow mini-lesson discussions each day.
  • Students will use research tools (internet, textbook, encyclopedias, books, etc.) to research and discern information for projects.
  • Notes will be taken, along with citations of reference materials (Title/web URL, author).
  • Projects will include detailed information pertaining to the focused era.
  • All projects will be double-checked prior to turning in for grade.
  • Students can work projects in any order (suggested order is to follow the chronological order of the era).
  • Students should remember that if they want to complete a project based on a book, they should start the book early.
  • Each activity must include the student's full name, the date of completion, the activity name, and the activity number in order to receive credit.

Book Connections - Check out these books which relate to our unit.

  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • Brady by Jean Fritz
  • Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling
  • Lincoln by Russell Freedman
  • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • Stonewall by Jean Fritz
Links to the books on Amazon.
The Civil War Unit: Activities
Project number: 1 out of 7
Project Title: Vocabulary Flashcards
Directions: This project consists of researching the vocabulary listed below, find the correct definition in the context of the Civil War. You can create an account on Quizlet and create your flashcards there. While on Quizlet, click "link or embed," then copy the link and submit the link. You can choose another method to make your flashcards, digitally or hard copy.

  • Abolish
  • Abolitionist
  • Amendment
  • Compromise
  • Confederacy
  • Enlistment
  • Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Jim Crow Laws
  • Reconstruction
  • Sharecropping
  • Slavery

Project number: 2 out of 7
Project Title: Farms Graph
Directions:Complete the "Farms in 1861" graph using the resources provided.

Using the research links on our class website, find the number of farms located in the North and the South at the beginning of the Civil War. Using this information, graph the number of farms in the North compared to the number of farms in the South at the beginning of the Civil War.

Project number: 3 out of 7
Project Title: Factories Graph
Directions:Complete the "Factories in 1861" graph using the resources provided.

Using the research links on our class website, find the number of factories located in the North and in the South at the beginning of the Civil War. Using this information, graph the number of factories in the North compared to the number of factories in the South at the beginning of the Civil War.

Project number: 4 out of 7
Project Title: Population Graph
Directions:Complete the "Population in 1861" graph using the resources provided.

Using the research links on our class website, find the population of United States of America (North) and the Confederate States of America (South) when the South seceded. Using this information, graph the population of the North compared to the population of the South at the beginning of the Civil War.

Project number: 5 out of 7
Project Title: Map of the U.S.A. in 1861
Directions:Complete the "United States of America: 1861" map using the resources provided.

Using the research links on our class website, shade in only the states that were part of the United States of America in 1861.

Project number: 6 out of 7
Project Title: Map of the C.S.A. in 1861
Directions:Complete the "Confederate States of America: 1861" map using the resources provided.

Using the research links on our class website, shade in only the states that were part of the Confederate States of America in 1861.

Project number: 7 out of 7
Project Title: Slavery Presentation
Directions: Look over the projects you have completed so far (Farms graph, Factories graph, Population Graph, Map of the USA, Map of the CSA). Based on what you see, explain in a well-written paragraph the reasoning for why slavery was concentrated in the southern states. Include references to your projects to support your reasons.

A well-written paragraph must have an introductory sentence followed by reasons and facts. The paragraph should also have a summary sentence.


Project number: 1 out of 9
Project Title: Timeline
Directions: Follow the "Timeline" rubric. This project consists of researching the events listed below, find the exact date (month, day, and year) that each occurred, then illustrating on an accurate timeline. To be an accurate timeline, there must be a designated measurement for each year or group of years. For example, one year equals one millimeter.

The events to research:
  • Attack on Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States
  • First states secede from the union
  • Surrender by the South
  • Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
  • Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • Four other significant Civil War events of your choosing

Design your timeline (similar to a number line) on the program of your choice (Paint, Glogster, Prezi, or another program) or you can design it by hand on paper. You may NOT use a timeline program. The purpose of this project is for you to demonstrate you know how to make a timeline.

Project number: 2 out of 9
Project Title: Political Cartoon
Directions: Follow the "Political Cartoon" rubric. This project consists of researching the an event of the Civil War, then create a political cartoon about the event. A Political Cartoon is not just a cartoon. Research what a political cartoon is before starting this project.


Due by: September 29, 2015
Project number: 3 out of 9
Project Title: States' Rights Project
Directions: Follow the "States' Rights" rubric. This project consists of researching the topic of states' rights, then create a digital (or handmade) presentation. You must list what is meant by states' rights in regards to the time leading up to the Civil War. Be specific about the meaning and make sure you are talking about the time just before the Civil War. Also include how this topic became a cause of the Civil War.


Project number: 4 out of 9
Project Title: Fort Sumter
Directions: Follow the "Important Events" rubric. This project consists of researching the important events of the Civil War, then complete presentation. Answer in complete sentences, focus on the importance to the Civil War era, and include all of the required information (start/end dates, who was involved and what side they served, what exactly happened, what was the outcome - how was the world affected, and how many casualties were there). Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 5 out of 9
Project Title: Battle of Gettysburg
Directions: Follow the "Important Events" rubric. This project consists of researching the important events of the Civil War, then complete presentation. Answer in complete sentences, focus on the importance to the Civil War era, and include all of the required information (start/end dates, who was involved and what side they served, what exactly happened, what was the outcome - how was the world affected, and how many casualties were there). Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 6 out of 9
Project Title: Appomattox Court House
Directions: Follow the "Important Events" rubric. This project consists of researching the important events of the Civil War, then complete presentation. Answer in complete sentences, focus on the importance to the Civil War era, and include all of the required information (start/end dates, who was involved and what side they served, what exactly happened, what was the outcome - how was the world affected, and how many casualties were there). Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 7 out of 9
Project Title: Atlanta Campaign
Directions: Follow the "Important Events" rubric. This project consists of researching the important events of the Civil War, then complete presentation. Answer in complete sentences, focus on the importance to the Civil War era, and include all of the required information (start/end dates, who was involved and what side they served, what exactly happened, what was the outcome - how was the world affected, and how many casualties were there). Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 8 out of 9
Project Title: March to the Sea
Directions: Follow the "Important Events" rubric. This project consists of researching the important events of the Civil War, then complete presentation. Answer in complete sentences, focus on the importance to the Civil War era, and include all of the required information. (start/end dates, who was involved and what side they served, what exactly happened, what was the outcome - how was the world affected, and how many casualties were there). Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 9 out of 9
Project Title: Battlefield Diorama
Directions: Research what a diorama is. This project consists of researching the an important battle of the Civil War, then complete a diorama of the battlefield. Include a paragraph with the diorama explaining what happened, which generals were involved, the number of casualties, and the outcome of the battle. Write in complete sentences.


Project number: 1 out of 6
Project Title: John Brown
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 2 out of 6
Project Title: Abraham Lincoln
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 3 out of 6
Project Title: Jefferson Davis
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 4 out of 6
Project Title: Ulysses S. Grant
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 5 out of 6
Project Title: Robert E. Lee
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 6 out of 6
Project Title: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Directions: Follow the "Important People" rubric. This project consists of researching the important people’s contributions during the Civil War era, then create a presentation. You must include date of birth, date of death, which side of the war did they serve (Union or Confederate), their title or position during the Civil War era, what they did to make them notable during the Civil War era, and their lasting impact on the world.

Please include at least 3 pictures of the important person.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 1 out of 5
Project Title: Effects on the North
Directions: Follow the "Effects" rubric. This project consists of researching the effects of the Civil War, then create a presentation. You must list what happened to your area of focus during the war, how life changed during and after the war. Be specific. Must include a bibliography on your presentation.

Please include at least 3 pictures relating to the project.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 2 out of 5
Project Title: Effects on the South
Directions: Follow the "Effects" rubric. This project consists of researching the effects of the Civil War, then create a presentation. You must list what happened to your area of focus during the war, how life changed during and after the war. Be specific. Must include a bibliography on your presentation.

Please include at least 3 pictures relating to the project.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 3 out of 5
Project Title: Amendments
Directions: Follow the "Amendments" rubric. This project consists of researching the topic of the amendments to the United States Constitution, then create a presentation. You should research the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. You must list when the amendments were adopted, how each changed life during and after the war, and at least 3 relevant pictures. Be specific. Must include a bibliography on your presentation.

Please include at least 3 pictures relating to the project.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 4 out of 5
Project Title: Freedmen's Bureau
Directions: Follow the "Freedmen's Bureau" rubric. This project consists of researching the topic of the Freedmen's Bureau, then create a presentation. You must list when the Freedmen's Bureau was formed, who formed it, why it was formed, who benefitted, what impact it had, and at least 3 relevant pictures. Be specific. Must include a bibliography on your presentation.

Please include at least 3 pictures relating to the project.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Project number: 5 out of 5
Project Title: Battlefield Tour (optional)
Directions: Follow the "Battlefield Tour" rubric. This project consists of visiting a Civil War battlefield, then create a presentation about your visit. You must include where you visited, what happened there, when the battle occured, who won, the number of casualties, what you saw on your tour, pictures of your visit, and any interesting things you learned.

Please include at least 3 pictures relating to the project.

Use the rubrics to make sure you have completed your project accurately.


Quotes About America's Civil War.


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