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Lesson Plan: The Battle of Gettysburg Begins

Overview

This lesson will cover the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever fought on American soil and a turning point in the American Civil War. Students will learn about the events leading up to the battle, the strategies of both the Union and Confederate armies, and the outcome of the battle.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Understand the strategies of both the Union and Confederate armies
  • Know the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Understand the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War

Methodology

This lesson will be taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions throughout the lesson.

Resources/Materials

  • Textbook: The American Civil War: A History by John Keegan
  • Online resources: History.com, National Park Service
  • Maps of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Handouts with discussion questions

Activities

  • Lecture on the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Group activity: Analyze maps of the Battle of Gettysburg and discuss the strategies of both the Union and Confederate armies
  • Discussion: What was the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg and why was it significant in the American Civil War?
  • Individual activity: Write a short essay on the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War

Assessment

Students will be assessed through participation in group activities and discussions, as well as their individual essay on the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.

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11 months ago
This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies.

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