Teaching Resources

The American Civil War

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

Blacks in Blue

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Events at Sand Creek, 1864

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Lincoln and Civil Liberties

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

North-South Comparisons

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

The Gettysburg Address

Curriculum Subjects: Literature, Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

What Events Led to Lincoln’s Assassination?

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Women and the Civil War

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12