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Tools, Resources & Lesson Plans

Explore these standards-aligned lesson plans, activities and more that bring the African American Civil War content to you. 

 

The African American Civil War Museum wants educators to be inspired by the story of the United States Colored Troops.  Explore upcoming events, workshops, and seminars for educators. 

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Scavenger Hunts

Planning to visit the African American Civil War Museum soon?  Use these exciting scavenger hunts to explore the Museum's exhibit Glorious March to Liberty.

 

 
 

Civil War to Civil Rights Lesson Plans

These lesson plans are suitable for Middle and High School grade levels and focus on the theme Civil War to Civil Rights.  Lesson plans were created by: Chantea Wright, Burnell Irby, and Michael DuBose.

Reading Guides

Check out these Reading Guides to compliment your Civil War to Civil Rights lesson plans or plan your Story Hour field trip to the African American Civil War Museum today.

 

 
 

Freedom's Drum Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan explore the communicative purpose of the Civil War drum and the work of some of the Union Army's youngest soldiers.  Lesson plan is suitable for student's in grades 3rd - 5th.

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Civil War to Civil Rights Bibliography

Check out this bibliography of  children's literature on the theme Civil War to Civil Rights.  

Find fiction and non-fiction options at all reading grade levels.

 
 

Historic Sites of the United States Colored Troops Lesson Plan

This lesson plan was created by Gale Carter a teacher in East Chicago, Indiana to compliment the Museum's teacher program "Historic Sites of the United States Colored Troops."  It can be adjusted for a variety of grade levels. 

 

Rally Round the Flag Lesson Plan

This lesson plans walks students through the flags of the United States Colored Troops.  Appropriate for grades 3rd- 5th and may be used to complement a visit to the African American Civil War Museum. 

Who were the 200,000 African American Freedom Fighters?

This lesson plan on the United States Colored Troops is shared by the The Civil War Trust and is written by Paul LaRue a former teacher in Washington Court House, Ohio.  This lesson plan is appropriate for middle school students and takes 1 week to com

Fighting for African American Rights and Responsibility of Citizenship

This lesson plan provides an overview of the role of African Americans in the Civil War and the efforts of African Americans to secure rights and responsibility of citizenship.  Provided by the Civil War Trust, this lesson plan is appropriate for grades 9-12th. 

 

Black Soldiers in 4 Minutes with Hari Jones

 Historian Hari Jones summarizes the experience of African American Civil War soldiers, from emancipation, to the authorization of United States Colored Troops, to their experiences on the battlefield. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.

Emancipation Proclamation in 4 Minutes with Hari Jones

Historian Hari Jones describes the series of events which led President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.

The United States Colored Troops: A Bibliography

This collection of written works about the United States Colored Troops was complied by Michele T. Fenton, MLIS.

 

Securing Liberty: Primary Source Set

This primary source set is a collection of primary sources on the work of Abolitionist before the Civil War. 

Educational Exhibit and Resources on John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

This portable educational exhibit is on a six foot retractable banner and illuminates John Brown's historic raid on Harpers Ferry and the leading events to the Civil War.  This exhibit was inspired by the District of Columbia Public School 8th Grade U.S. History Cornerstone "Triumphant Failure." This cornerstone ask the question does violence lead to change, and walks students through an analysis of the raid and the extent to which it hindered or advanced the abolitionist cause. 

How Do You Reconstruct a Nation?: Primary Source Set and Resources

This primary source set is a collection of contextual documents to help learners understand the success of Reconstruction in the American South.  Could the country really be brought back together or would the divisions of the war last well into the future? This topic is available as a teacher workshop click learn more for information.