Contesting America: 1850-1877 Lesson Plans

2012, lesson plans

During the 2011-2012 school year, project participants learned about the growth of sectionalism, the outbreak of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Teachers also practiced a variety of research-based instructional strategies. Following the spring session, teachers created individual lesson plans using historical content and best practices learned throughout the year.


Chad Adkins

Understanding the Slave Trade

Thomas Angelo

Events Leading to the Civil War 

Jon Bauer

A Century of Progress?


Tyson Bauerle

The Historical Significance of the Gettysburg Address

Phil Berndt

Leadership in African American Regiments and the Movies          

Jackie Bohnenblust

Perspectives in US History


Kathy Bollenbach

Examing Slavery Through Images

Deoan Broce


Kaye Christensen

Andrew Jackson: Hero, Monster, or Somewhere in Between?

Joe Cotton


Daniel Dawson

Gone with the Wind: The Civil War Through the Eyes of Hollywood

Andrea Dolezal

One Day in Gettysburg

Lori Drouhard

Pick Your Battle

Barbara Fowler


Jeff Friesen


Kris Hagans

Andersonville Revisited

Max Heinlein

African American Treatment During Reconstruction: Political Cartoons

Keil Hileman

Slavery & the Underground Railroad


Chris Jensen


Leslie Klug
My News of the Industrial Revolution

Darrel Knoll
Reconstruction: Analyzing Political Cartoons

Jody Lubbers
Sarah and Angelina Grimke: Advocates for Abolition and Women’s Rights 

Nathan McAlister
Civil War Medicine: The Minnie Ball and the Surgeon

Mike Meyer

Slave Rebellion and Consequences


Kandee Muse

Bleeding Kansas and John Brown

Stacey Noordhoek
How CIvil Was the Civil War?

Deb O'Brien
A Walk Through the West

Sister Joseph Mary O'Brien
The Middle Ages

Sharon Quinn

Causes of the Civil War

Michael Sabala

Introduction to Lewis & Clark

Shannan Saludares


Mark Schmidt

An Imperfect Plan

Jim Scott

Family History Project

Mike Self

Emancipation Proclamation

Michael Skaggs

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Troy Smith

Analyzing & Discussing the Constitution Through Cooperative Learning

Mary Smith

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Jill Weber

Conflicting Views of the Indian Removal Act

Diane Weiss-Rhodes
Native American & US Government Land Tension

Bill Woodward

Mexican - American War