Lesson Plan


This lesson takes a look at the Civil War from multiple perspectives by interpreting the quotes of major figures involved in the war.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Civil War Primary Sources



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Update Standards?

SOC.8.US.8.10.1: History-Social Science

Compare the conflicting interpretations of state and federal authority as emphasized in the speeches and writings of statesmen such as Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun.

SOC.8.US.8.10.4: History-Social Science

Discuss Abraham Lincoln's presidency and his significant writings and speeches and their relationship to the Declaration of Independence, such as his "House Divided" speech (1858), Gettysburg Address (1863), Emancipation Proclamation (1863), and inaugural addresses (1861 and 1865).

SOC.8.US.8.10.5: History-Social Science

Study the views and lives of leaders (e.g., Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee) and soldiers on both sides of the war, including those of black soldiers and regiments.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2013-04-29.

Component Ratings:

Subject Matter: 1
Support Steaching: 2
Assessments Quality: 1
Deeper Learning: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a lesson plan that addresses the causes of the Civil War through the lens of major figures of the time period. Students watch a segment of Ken Burns' Civil War documentary, analyze quotes from the Civil War era, and complete a writing assignment. The lesson includes standards, procedures, vocabulary, and the necessary handouts. Overall, the lesson is thoughtful and useful in helping students learn more about the Civil War, however, the lesson would be best integrated into a larger unit that includes a more comprehensive examination of the causes of the Civil War.
Sasha-Kay Myers
October 8, 2012
I liked goal of the lesson however I have a few points of contention. The essential question is way too broad. Considering that you use Ken Burns as a primary…
Phillip Pitts
October 8, 2012
Sean Rice
October 8, 2012
Lauren Caffee
October 8, 2012

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