The Civil War


Any understanding of the United States has to be based on an understanding of the Civil War. The activities below provide a foundation for that understanding. Including a link to discussion questions on the Ken Burn's series the Civil War—the definitive documentary about the conflict. The easiest way to use the series in the classroom is to get a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, which allows the series to be purchased.


The Civil War Ken Burns - The Cause (3:39)

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  • The Lost Cause and Modern Memory

These Civil War charts are generic and can be used with any textbook.

  • Civil War Chart 1 Advantages
  • Civil War Chart 2 Battles 1862 & 1863
  • Civil War Chart 3 Final Phase

Map Study

  • Civil War Map Study 1861 Student Handout


  • Civil War Newspaper