If we don't learn our history, we are bound to repeat it. However history can sometimes be dry and boring. Students learn best through interactive lessons. There are several key areas to focus in the middle school years that create a base for the student's high school years.
The Civil War was a tragic time in American history. So many lives were lost and so much change happened in this country because of it. It is critical that students learn about the events leading up to the war and what happened after it.
Also the key people and states that were on each side of the conflict. Knowing the position of both sides will help the students understand why this kind of war was fought. Below are resources to teach students more than the basic about the war but buffering the students slightly from the gruesome matter of the sitiuation.
This collection of videos is meant to teach the Civil War in terms that are factual but not graphic. Click on the image to see the video.
Civil War Videos
Summary of the Civil War with a good prospective of the South's position.
Civil War Facts for Kids
Civil War Extras
Hands-on and visually appealing resources help to keep the interest alive. Click see these great options.
The Civil War for Kids is a good book for both information and hands-on learning. There is a reading section and then an activiity. The book includes 21 activities in total.
DK Eyewitness book is a great reference book with amazing instructions.
Civil War Printables
Below is a collection of great free printable resources. Click on the image to get them.