Tuesday, April 7

Teaching About the American Civil War

Grant and Lee met at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865 to call a ceasefire to the American Civil War.  It was just four days shy of being a full four year bloody war...
April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865
Novel Studies
Virtual Field Trips
Lapbooking & Notebooking
Interactive Studies
Classroom Lesson Plans
Children's Literature & Lit Studies

 Connections & Courses
There are some fantastic courses that cover this era over at SchoolhouseTeachers!  All of the courses - all 475+ of them! - are included with one family membership.  It also comes with a World Book Encyclopedia subscription, access to several courses and resources for mom, and a print magazine.  These are two of our favorite courses for covering the Civil War...

  • America in the 1800s  (4th-6th grade)
    • America in the 1800s is a homeschool history course designed to help students feel like they are living in the time periods being explored. Through numerous readings and writing assignments such as journal entries and letter writing, students get a unique chance to relive this important period in America’s history from the early days of westward expansion, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and finally through the days of the transcontinental railroad and Indian Wars.
  • American History Pre-Civil War to Reconstruction (5th-6th grade)
    • In this homeschool history course, students dig into the period of American history from the War of 1812 through Reconstruction. This course looks at the nation’s expansion west, the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War, the causes and effects of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the continued push west and its impact on Native Americans.

Arts & Hands-on Activities
History Comics & DVDs
Lego Movies (these are just a few)

If your favorite Civil War resource isn't listed, please email me or leave a comment so that we can get it up here!

Pick up a printable copy of this unit in the Humanities Unit Study Bundle!

Includes seventeen unit studies covering history and language arts based topics. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning ancient through modern history and various writing styles.
  • Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.
  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.
  • Some units also have cooking projects.
These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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