Exploring the Civil War Era: Three Comprehensive Units on the Sectional Crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction


Discover our comprehensive, American history curriculum, covering the Civil War Era from the Sectional Crisis to War to Reconstruction.

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Discover the intricacies of American history with this essential collection of teaching resources on the Civil War era. Teach your students about the Sectional Crisis, the turmoil and devastation of the Civil War, and the work toward Reconstruction, all conveyed with remarkable detail and scholarly rigor.

The Sectional Crisis resource traces the events leading up to the Civil War, from the Missouri Compromise of 1820 through the attack on Harper’s Ferry. Aside from the crucial events that led to war, this resource presents the personalities of historical figures like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and more, all of whom played pivotal roles in creating the Civil War Era.

After the Sectional Crisis unit comes the detailed Civil War unit. Investigate the causes, unravel the effects, and explore the important battles such as Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, and many more. The inclusion of the landmark Gettysburg Address, together with engaging questions, brings the topic to life, transforming your classroom into an active learning atmosphere.

The Reconstruction Era presentation is the final stop on your historical tour. Learn about the different Reconstruction plans (i.e., Presidential and Congressional), Ulysses S. Grant’s administration, and the final Compromise of 1877. The learning experience is enhanced by an interactive analysis of a Thomas Nast cartoon and a primary source activity depicting General Sherman speaking to freed slaves.

Each presentation features a professional design with meticulous attention to detail. Detailed annotations included in the slides provide a rich understanding, allowing you to communicate effortlessly even when time is limited. Furthermore, the accompanying teacher guide sheets provide additional information to enhance your presentations and leave your students engaged with the material.

To top it off, each unit includes questions for students to fill out while the teacher is presenting the material. These questions were designed to be a guide during the learning experience, but some teachers like to use the resource as an assessment.

These units, which cater to a variety of teaching styles and demands, allow for personalization as needed. They can be used in class, assigned to students for independent study, or both. This Civil War Bundle provides a customizable, entertaining, and thorough teaching tool – a must-have for any American history curriculum.

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Lessons in this Civil War bundle include:

  • History of slavery in the United States
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Mexican American War
  • Compromise of 1850
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Election of 1860
  • Lincoln’s inauguration
  • Anaconda Plan
  • First Modern War
  • Battle of Bull Run
  • Homestead Act
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Siege of Vicksburg
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • March to the Sea
  • Appomattox Court House
  • Lincoln’s assassination
  • 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, and 15th Amendment
  • Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Carpetbaggers
  • Scalawags
  • 40 Acres and a Mule
  • Black Codes
  • Presidential Reconstruction
  • Congressional Reconstruction
  • Andre Johnson’s impeachment
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Sharecroppers
  • Panic of 1873
  • Compromise of 1877
  • … and more!

These presentations touch on all of the above topics and adds more detail. Students will understand American history in great detail.


This Civil War bundle includes the following resources:

Sectional Crisis

1. Sectional Crisis

Students will learn about the environment and events that led to the American Civil War. It will detail how the United States became a deeply divided nation before the first shots were fired.



Civil War

2. Civil War

Students will learn about the the immediate cause of the American Civil War plus many of the most important battles. This unit will also talk about the causes and effects of this major turning point in American history.




3. Reconstruction

Students will uncover the fascinating history of Reconstruction Era, including the three different Reconstruction Plans, the conflicts during this time period, and the long-lasting results.



Included files (across each unit):

  • Editable PowerPoint (Google Slides option available)
  • Primary Source PDF (Google Drive option available) with student questions
  • Student Study Guide Questions (print or upload to LMS)
  • Teacher Guide PDF


How to use this Civil War Bundle:

Our versatile and user-friendly educational resources were meticulously designed to enhance the classroom experience for both teachers and students alike. Present the engaging PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation in your classroom – for Google Slides, simply click the provided link and transfer the document to your Google Docs account.

Engage your students by presenting the enthralling material, sparking lively discussions, and challenging young minds to think like historians while drawing insightful comparisons between historical and contemporary events.

Next, guide your students through the Student Study Guide Questions, an interactive worksheet featuring a diverse array of question types. Students can gather the required information from your presentation, the class textbook, or online resources. Ideally, they will complete this thought-provoking worksheet as you present the material, or alternatively, finish it as homework or it can be used as an assessment.

Additionally, a primary source activity awaits eager minds. Students will read the accompanying primary source and respond to a series of questions to deepen their understanding. This activity helps students think like historians.

For a more interactive learning experience, consider printing the presentation and notes for students to peruse at their own pace, or encourage them to view the slides and present the material in collaborative groups for peer-to-peer learning.

If teaching online, share the Google Slides through Zoom or similar video-sharing platforms, ensuring students have access to all essential files (i.e., primary sources and student study guide worksheet).

This invaluable resource is also perfectly suited for homeschooling parents, allowing students to independently explore the slides and accompanying notes before completing the worksheets.


American History Students Will Be Able To…

  • Deepen their understanding of the Civil War Era
  • Comprehend how the past has shaped the world we live in today
  • Cultivate a historian’s mindset
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Heighten chronological awareness in history
  • Draw comparisons between American history and that of other nations
  • Master the art of perspective-taking
  • Strengthen reading comprehension
  • Expand vocabulary knowledge


Supplementary Resources

For a great source on the American Civil War, visit the Battlefields.org

Additional information

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, Primary Source Activities, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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