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American Civil War & Reconstruction Curriculum Unit

This item is a comprehensive CURRICULAR UNIT (GOOGLE version included!) about the US Civil War and Reconstruction Era that integrates reading and literacy. There are 8 complete lessons included in this bundle PLUS supplemental activities. This unit includes about 8 weeks of materials. I will be adding an audio of each passage soon!

THIS UNIT CAN BE USED AS A STAND ALONE CURRICULUM. This can be used as homeschool curriculum, too.

The 8 lessons included in this unit bundle are:
Causes of the US Civil War
Major Battles of the US Civil War
The North & South US Civil War
Abraham Lincoln US Civil War
Key People of the US Civil War
Political Impacts of Reconstruction
Economic Impacts of Reconstruction
Social Impacts of Reconstruction

Limited on copies or paper? Every component of the individual lessons listed below are ready-to-go on GOOGLE slides, so you can easily assign to your students! The quizzes and unit test are also available on GOOGLE Forms, and I include explicit directions on how to assign and tweak (if desired) for your students. The quizzes and unit test are also self-grading!

This unit includes:
• 8 PowerPoint presentations that can be used to facilitate discussion or have students take notes

• 8 slotted notes pages so students can focus on recording the important information from the PowerPoint presentations (which includes carefully curated videos & links that will enrich the lessons) Editable slotted notes included!

• 8 informational reading passages about the American Civil War & Reconstruction

• 32 activities (4 per lesson) (key terms, dates & events, significant items, significant people, political cartoon, geographical connection, and a literacy connection) Three of the four activities PER lesson have two levels: a basic recall and an application of knowledge.

• 8 quizzes

• GOOGLE slides of all components

• 8 GOOGLE Form self-grading quizzes, unit test, & modified unit test

• 8 graphic organizers

6 Civil War interactive notebook foldables

5 Civil War primary source analysis

59 Civil War vocabulary cards

31 Reconstruction Vocabulary Word Wall Pack

3 Reconstruction primary source analysis

5 Reconstruction interactive notebook foldable

6 stations

Simulation- Tour of Duty

• editable study guide with answer key

• editable unit test with answer key

• editable modified test with answer key

• teacher's guide with suggested pacing map

•answer keys

audio of each reading passage, quiz, and unit test COMING SOON

• You can download the FREE 4 Reconstruction Era stations

Specific reading skills in this unit are: relationships in a text/cause & effect; text structure; central ideas & summary; citing textual evidence & making inferences; unknown words & phrases; and integrating multiple sources of information.

You will be easily integrating reading with your social studies content because the 8 graphic organizers focus on one specific reading skill per organizer, AND students will be analyzing primary documents. I have also included a RAFT task that culminates the simulation. RAFT stands for role, audience, format, and task. It helps give students an authentic writing scenario.


Your Instructor


Heather LeBlanc
Heather LeBlanc

Teaching Experience- 17 years

Education- Oglethorpe University BA Education; Walden University MEd Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; ABD Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; Gifted Endorsement; On-Line Teaching Endorsement; Administrative Leadership Certificate

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