Awesome Civil War Infographic

Who doesn’t love something cool to look at?  Check out this infographic from the Civil War Trust.  All of those big casualty numbers usually make more sense when you put them into visual form.

Civil War Trust - Battles of the Civil War

Brought to you by The Civil War Trust

Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure

Can you imagine what it would be like if John Wilkes Booth had a Twitter page?  Or Adolf Hitler?  What would they say?  Well, now your students can have fun figuring out what these (and many more) historical figures would say on social media.  I have finished my most recent curriculum project for US History, and I’m so excited to finally put it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

My new product “Create a Twitter Page for a Historical Figure” includes:

  • A blank printable Twitter template for students to fill in
  • A digital Twitter template for students to complete
  • 46 assignments covering various historical figures from the colonies to Ronald Reagan
  • Detailed student and teacher instructions
  • Optional rubric
  • PowerPoint slides to display the assignment on the board
  • An example of a filled in template

In each Twitter assignment, students will have to create the following for their historical figure:

  • Basic biographical information
  • A unique, creative username
  • Up to 6 historically relevant tweets
  • Up to 3 suggestions as to who they should follow on Twitter (ties to other figures of the time period)
  • Up to 7 trends (historical relevance)
  • A small profile picture
  • A header image

Wouldn’t your students rather do something like this than complete a worksheet?  Click here to purchase or find out more!  You get 46 assignments for less than $0.18 each!  That’s 46 new ideas for your US History class!  You can also use the template for other classes, like World History.  Check it out!

Old Voting Literacy Test

Have you ever wondered if you could pass one of those old literacy tests that they used to prevent certain people from voting?  I found this today and got really excited!  It’s the text of the 1965 Alabama Literacy Test that was given to prevent African-Americans from voting.  Wow, these questions are specific!  You better know your Constitution if you are going to pass this test.  Give it to your students and see how they do!  If you don’t have time to cover it in class, print it out and have students come by and do it after school for extra credit.


Photo:  The First Vote by A.R. Waud, Library of Congress – Public Domain

Civil War Cannonballs Surface in SC After Hurricane Matthew

How cool is this?!  Hurricane Matthew unearthed or washed up some cannonballs from the Civil War.  They were discovered on Folly Beach in SC!  Watch a quick interview with the person who discovered them (see embedded video below) which gives some great footage of the discovery.  Click here to read the whole article.

| WBTV Charlotte


Photo: Embarkation for White House, from Yorktown, VA., Library of Congress – Public Domain

Death on the Battlefield: Two Great Civil War Video Clips

After recording my recent podcast about the Civil War activity that showed students Civil War casualty rates, I came across two great videos that you can use to go along with that activity.

#1 – This is actually a preview of the series Death and the Civil War.  It is a little over two minutes long, but it definitely pulls at your emotions!

#2 – This is from the Civil War Trust and it is called Battlefield Death In4.  This four-minute video gives an excellent summary of the logistical problems that the massive deaths in the Civil War caused.  They mention things that most students wouldn’t think of, like pigs digging up and eating corpses buried in shallow graves.  Plus, you can download this video so that you can access it quickly and/or have it in case your internet won’t work!  (This website covers various topics in four minutes.  After doing some digging, I found over 40 videos!!  What a great resource!)



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