After students glue it in, we color the Union, Confederate, and Border States. Then I use a PowerPoint to cover important aspects of each battle and students take notes in the boxes and draw arrows to where the battles took place. This helps them to better understand the geography of the Civil War and how it affected both the North and the South.
In my lesson, we mostly focus on the battles of:
- Ft. Sumter
- Bull Run / Manassas
However, we will also briefly cover Shiloh, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, and Sherman's March to the Sea. You can also see sections of notes on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation as well as notes on how life was for soldiers.
My students have often remarked how helpful notes like these are for them!
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