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Civil War Lesson Plans for Teachers


For Teachers - American Civil War Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials

Lesson Idea: Problem Solving, Discussion or Debate (Middle School, 8th-grade): Up to a certain point, the Civil War could have been avoided. After that point, war was predictable. Determine where that point might have been and why. 

These are incredible lesson plans from the Library of Congress, with photos and instructions for teachers and students.

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans about the American Civil War

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