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The Civil War Animated Map: Traditional Middle School Lesson Plan

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Grades: Middle School

Approximate Length of Time: 35 minutes

Goal: Students will be able to discuss the overarching causes and outcomes of the Civil War.

Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to identify events leading up to the Civil War.
  2. Students will be able to identify key battles and events during the Civil War.
  3. Students will be able to identify the outcomes of the Civil War.

Common Core:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

NCSS Standards for Social Studies:

1—Culture
2—Time, Continuity, and Change
3—People, Places, and Environment
6—Power, Authority, and Governance
10—Civics, Ideals, and Practices

Materials:

  1. Civil War Animated Map (Run time 27:28)
  2. Civil War Animated Map Questions
  3. Civil War Animated Map Teacher Answer Key
  4. Optional-Civil War Animated Map Questions in Answerable PDF

Anticipatory Set/Hook

  1. Queue the Civil War Animated Map for viewing or have students queue the map on the personal devices.
  2. Have the students complete the questions as they view the Civil War Animated Map or after they have viewed the map.
  3. Discuss the answers to the questions as a class.

Procedure:

Print out or download the Animated Civil War Map questions, and make sure that the Animated Civil War Map is available to all students.

Activity 1

  1. Hand out or distribute the Civil War Animated Map questions.
  2. Have your students watch the Civil War Animated Map.
  3. Have your students answer the questions.
  4. Discuss the questions as a class.

Closure:

Collect the students question forms for grading or discuss the question answers as a class.

Assessment in this Lesson:

  1. Grade or discuss the students question sheets.