Middle School Social Studies / 8th Grade

Civil War

How was life changing for Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction?

Students consider different arguments for and against the removal of Confederate statues to think about the connections between the Civil War and today. To understand what led to the Civil War, students compare the North and South and analyze perspectives on secession. They then examine the experiences of women, soldiers, and African Americans during and after the war as they respond to the unit driving question: How was life changing for Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction? Throughout their study of the war, students explore the importance of historical accuracy and empathy by analyzing paintings of the time period. Working in teams, students combine art analysis with research into primary and secondary sources, and their own historical dramatization to create, curate, and present a living museum gallery that brings a specific period of the Civil War to life to engage and educate their audience.

Unit length: 5 weeks (21 hours)

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