Slavery and the Civil War
Age 10-12: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 1

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the issue of slavery divided the nation, eventually leading to the Civil War. The war was a devastating conflict that saw hundreds of thousands of casualties but ultimately affirmed that America would be a nation in which freedom would be assured for all. Explore the lives of enslaved people in antebellum America and the questions about slavery that divided the nation and led to Civil War. Carry your own haversack like a Civil War soldier and learn how families survived on the homefront. Explore the lives of Civil War leaders and the impact of Reconstruction. For your final project, create a museum exhibit or documentary film about the Civil War.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for Bull Run.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Antebellum America (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Slavery (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Disunion and the Start of the Civil War
  • Lesson 4: Leadership and the Civil War
  • Lesson 5: The Wartime Experience (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Major Battles of the Civil War
  • Lesson 7: The Homefront Experience
  • Lesson 8: Gettysburg and Beyond
  • Lesson 9: End of War and Reconstruction
  • Final Project: Remembering the Civil War (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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