Abc book of The Civil War



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Unit 6: Civil War Times

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ABC Book of The Civil War

Directions: You will create an ABC book about the Civil War. You may choose how you would like your book to be bound, but it must be put together neatly. Each page must include a title, page number, and picture (a drawing, printed picture, a copied photo from a book, etc.).


1. Design a decorative cover. You must include a title, name, and a picture depicting the times of The Civil War. Be creative!

2. Table of Contents - Create a table of contents. You must include the title of each assignment and its corresponding page #. (Ex: “A” pg. 1)

3. Assignments:

A – Abraham Lincoln – Research Abraham Lincoln. Write a one-page article about his contributions to the United States. Be sure to specifically include his contributions during the Civil War.

B – Battles – Create a battle chart of the major battles fought during the Civil War. The battles that should be included are Bull Run, Battle at Antietam, and Battle of Gettysburg. You should tell where they took place, the date that they occurred, and the outcome of each battle.

C – Confederacy – Research the Confederate States of America. Write a paragraph describing their views on slavery as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the war.

D – Divided Nation – Research sectionalism and how it divided the people of the United States. What did Thomas Jefferson feel would happen to the United States if the split continued?

E – Emancipation Proclamation – Research the Emancipation Proclamation. Discuss the affect it had on the Northern and Southern states.

F – Fight for the Presidency – What was the outcome of the election

of 1860? How did this outcome affect the North and the South?


G – Gettysburg Address – What was the Gettysburg address? Who

gave the Gettysburg Address? Why did he/she give the address? What were its effects on the union soldiers?


H – Harriet Beecher Stowe – How did Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, influence people’s views on slavery?
I – Influential People – Research Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass,

and Sojourner Truth. Write a paragraph about each person

describing the role he/she played in helping free the slaves.
J – Juneteenth – Explain what this holiday is and why it is celebrated.
K – Kansas/Nebraska Act – What was this act? How did this act change the rules of the Missouri Compromise?
L – Leadership – Compare and contrast Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union General Ulysses S. Grant.
M – Missouri Compromise – What was this compromise? Why was it formed? What impact did it have on Missouri and Maine?
N – Northern Views – Why were they against slavery? What were advantages and disadvantages did they have in the war?
O – Order of Events – Create a timeline of events by placing the following events in order in which they occurred.

*Abraham Lincoln is elected President

*Lee surrenders at Appomattox

*Congress passes the Kansas-Nebraska Act

*The Civil War begins

*The Emancipation Proclamation is issued

* Congress passes the Missouri Compromise
P – Pickett’s Charge – Who was Pickett? What order did General Robert E. Lee give him during the Battle of Gettysburg? What was his strategy? Was the strategy successful? Why or why not?
Q – Quotes – Write each quote and who said each.

1. “There is nothing left for me to do but go and see General

Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.”

2. “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of

Savannah.”

3. “Our Federal Union – it must and shall be preserved!”

4. “I never lost a single passenger.”

5. “For score and seven years ago…”


R – Road to Appomattox – Describe how the Civil War came to an end.
S – Slavery in the South – Why was slavery seen as necessary by the

people in the Southern states? Give specific examples of why they

needed slaves.
T – Tragedy – Describe the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. What

impact did it have on the nation?


U – Underground Railroad – What was the Underground Railroad?

Explain how it helps slaves gain their freedom. Name specific people, events, etc. that made the Underground Railroad a success.


V – Vocabulary – Define the following vocabulary words: sectionalism, free state, slave state, emancipation, underground, fugitive, abolitionists, secede, Confederacy, address.
W – Women Work for Change – Write about the following women: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton, Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Why were they important during this time, what specific things did they work for, etc.?


X – X-tra! Read all about it! – Create a poster for one of the presidential candidates from the election of 1860.
Y – Years of Uncertainty – Write the following years in order: 1860, 1820, 1862, 1854, 1861, 1865, 1863. Why was each year important to the Civil War (write the significant event/happening)?
Z – Zealous Armies – Create a venn diagram comparing and contrasting the Union Army and Confederate Army. Give specific similarities and differences between the two armies.

Project Rubric


____ Cover (5 pts)

____ Bound (5 pts)

____ Table of Contents (2 pts)

____ Neatness (5 pts)

____ Grammar (5 pts)

____ Content (78 pts – 3 pts. Per assignment)



____ Total (100 pts)


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