Adding Fuel to the Fire

8th grade, civil war, mary smith, popular sovereignty, primary sources, sectionalism

Pre-Civil War America – Slavery & The Underground Railroad

8th grade, artifacts, civil war, keil hileman, slavery

Keil's lesson focuses on providing students a sense of what pre-Civil War America was like for African Americans. The lesson looks at their lives, challenges and situations by examining the Underground Railroad, doing research and studying real slave trade artifacts.


Split Decision: Slavery Compromises of the 1800s

8th grade, civil war, compromise, Compromise of 1850, eighth grade, jon bauer, kansas, Kansas-Nebraska Act, missouri compromise, slavery

Turning Points of the Civil War

8th grade, civil war, eighth grade, lesson plan, primary sources, tom angelo

Tom's lesson is designed to give students a chance to review the four turning points of the Civil War. They are then asked to explain the significance of these events in their own words. Students will use a variety of primary source documents in their research. They will also be using technology to present their findings.

Civil War Archives

8th grade, civil war, eighth grade, kathy bollenbach, project

Students research and create displays on a variety of Civil War topics and themes.

Civil War Archives Assignment and Rubric

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Survivor: Most Important Civil War Personalities

8th grade, civil war, eighth grade, group, jon bauer, lesson plan, survivor

Jon has students research specific Civil War personalities and then argue for which is the most important of the period. Students "vote off" the personalities until there is just one left - based on the TV show, Survivor.

CWPT Civil War Traveling Trunk

8th grade, artifacts, civil war, karen blasi, kshs, scavenger hunt

Karen asks students to examine a wide variety of artifacts from the Civil War Preservation Trust traveling trunk to learn more about the life of Civil War soldiers. Students travel to four different stations and work in small groups to collect information.

Civil War Scavenger Hunt


19th Century Review

19th century, 8th grade, civil war, review, small group, tom angelo

Tom uses a variety of stations to help kids review and cement their knowledge of the Civil War and the 19th century.