Matters of Education

Learning Happens Everywhere

Civil War, HS

Length of Time:   6-10 class periods


We hope you will use these lessons to supplement the standard United States History, 1763-1877 Curriculum as well as explore some new subjects. We have thought a great deal about the important skills and ideas that students need during high school. We know how valuable it is for students to have a strong foundation of concepts that cross disciplines and can be developed over the years. There is also overlap among both topics and ideas as well a many enrichment opportunities built into these lessons, which may be completed independently or combined.



Tab 1 – Lesson One: The Economic Power of the Antebellum North

Tab 2- Lesson Two: The Slave Economy of the South

Tab 3 – Lesson Three: The Louisiana Purchase: A Lesson in Constitutional Compromise Tab 4 – Lesson Four: Slave Options

Tab 5 – Lesson Five: Arguments For and Against Slavery

Tab 6 – Lesson Six: Massachusetts and the Civil War

Tab 7 – Lesson Seven: The Domestic Side of the Civil War

Tab 8 – Lesson Eight: Civil War Battle Plans



  • CCSS and MA History and ELA Standards
  • Teacher Sheets that include a detailed procedure, assessment criteria and enrichment activities
  • Student Students
  • Hardcopies and links to Supporting Materials

Essential Questions

How did these 4 years arise from our very origins and continue to haunt us today?

Common Core Standards

Please see individual lessons for specific Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Standards.

Content Standards

Please see individual lessons for specific History and ELA Standards.