American Civil War for Teachers - Free Lesson Plans, Activities, Simulations, Debates, Mock Trial, Primary Documents and Other Resources - free use in the classroom Illustration

American Civil War for Teachers

Free Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities, Simulations, Debates, Mock Trial, Primary Documents, and other Classroom Materials

Lesson Idea (Mr. Donn): 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

More Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities by teachers, free to use in your classroom: 

Life in the North and South 1847-1861: Before Brother Fought Brother

Unit, 5 lessons, Life in the South before the Civil War

Factory vs. Plantation in the North and South

Build up of Tension leads to the civil war lesson plan

Critical Elements leading to the American Civil War lesson plan

Underground Railroad - Breakout, classroom activitiy

Teaching the Underground Railroad

Pre-1860 Disunion, Includes John Brown's Raid, supporting materials to download

Slavery Unit (teacher link)

How did slavery impact our nation (teacher link, unit)

Frederick Douglass lesson plans

Abraham Lincoln on the
American Union: “A Word Fitly Spoken”

Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Politics

The Emancipation Proclamation:
Freedom's First Steps

Abraham Lincoln Mock Trial

Brink of the Storm Presentations in PowerPoint format

Primary Documents, Real Letters Written During the Civil War (Donn)

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format about the Civil War

See: Reconstruction, Carpetbaggers & Scalawags, The Underground Railroad

American Civil War Project Ideas

Final Civil War Project (Mr. Banks)

Civil War Project - Design a Scrapbook

Project Based Learning - The Civil War

Photojournalism, A record of war - analyze how and why the American Civil War was photographed

Abraham Lincoln Mock Trial - This is wonderful!

Choose Your Own Adventure from over 70 different classroom activities and possible assignments


For Kids

Special Section: The American Civil War for Kids - Causes, Battles, People, Daily Life, Underground Railroad, Slavery in America, and Reconstruction

GAMES! The American Civil War for Kids, Free Interactive Games & Activities