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  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    The Wirz Trial: A Mock Trial Lesson Plan Examining the Laws of War

    The Wirz Trial: A Mock Trial Lesson Plan Examining the Laws of War

    In the fall of 1865, Captain Wirz was tried by a military commission in Wasngton, D.C. His trial, convition, and subsequent execution for violations of the laws of war represent a significant moment in the evolution of the laws of war. This mock trial lesson plan has been designed based on the historic Wirz Trial transcript. The witness statements are selections from the primary source.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Twelfth Grade
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Exploring Humanitarian Law

    Exploring Humanitarian Law

    Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) is a teacher curriculum produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross in association with the Education Development Center and in collaboration with the American Red Cross. The EHL curriculum meets the National Social Studies Standards for high school and it is integrated as part of basic education in secondary school curricula across the world.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Government, History, International Relations, Law, Leadership, Military and Wartime History, Public Policy
    National/State Standards:
    The EHL curriculum has been aligned with national and state standards for social studies, English language arts, and common core.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    The Memory Star Project

    The Memory Star Project

    The Memory Star Project hopes to collect 13,000 stars from classrooms, families and community members across the country; one star for each life that ended too soon. 13,000 stars illustrate the physical scope of prison fatalities but also the infinite number of dreams, loves and unrealized futures that each person possessed. Just as prisoners came from all over America, so too do we hope to have Memory Stars from every state.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten - General
    Subjects:
    Art, Civil War, Community, History, Military and Wartime History
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Using the Film "Andersonville" in the Classroom

    Using the Film

    Popular media, such as books and films, have long been used to teach the story of Andersonville. The 1996 film "Andersonville" continues to be a popular classroom tool. This material is intended to assist teachers in clearly identifying historical reality versus Hollywood illusion and aiding students to think critically about the portrayal of historic events.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - General
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Curriculum

    Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Curriculum

    The Victory From Within (VFW) Curriculum is a companion middle/high school curriculum for the traveling exhibit “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience.” The Curriculum is designed to accompany the traveling exhibit, but it can also be utilized with a visit to the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site or as a standalone curriculum.

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade - College Undergraduate Level
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Cold War, Law, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, World War I, World War II
    National/State Standards:
    The VFW Curriculum design is based on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 4-6)

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 4-6)

    In August of 1864, over 32,000 American soldiers were held captive at Andersonville. Mismanagement and overcrowding lead to a high rate of suffering and death among the prisoners. Understanding the scale of suffering is a challenge; this activity uses math activities and word problems to explore the darkest moment of the prisons history.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Civil War, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    CCGPS Mathematics (4th Grade)—CC4.MD.1 CCGPS Mathematics (5th Grade)—MCC5.NF.3 CCGPS Mathematics (6th Grade)—MCC6.RP.3
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 9-12)

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 9-12)

    In August of 1864, over 32,000 American soldiers were held captive at Andersonville. Mismanagement and overcrowding lead to a high rate of suffering and death among the prisoners. Understanding the scale of suffering is a challenge; this activity uses math activities and word problems to explore the darkest moment of the prisons history.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Civil War, History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    CCGPS Mathematics I (9-12)MM1D3. CCGPS Mathematics (9-12)MM1G3. CCGPS Mathematics II (9-12) MM2D1. CCPGS Mathematics II (9-12) MM2P1.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Civil War Prison Museum Activity Booklet

    Civil War Prison Museum Activity Booklet

    A booklet is available for students to work through as they explore the National Prisoner of War Museum, emphasizing the Civil War prisoner experience. If you plan on using this activity, you will need run copies for your students before you arrive.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Civil War, Law, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Prisoner of War Museum Activity Booklet

    Prisoner of War Museum Activity Booklet

    A booklet is available for students to work through as they explore the National Prisoner of War Museum, focusing on the prisoner of war experience. If you plan on using this activity, you will need run copies for your students before you arrive.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Civic Engagement, Civil War, Cold War, French and Indian War, Government, Law, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Naval History, Revolutionary War, Social Studies, War of 1812, World War I, World War II
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Exploring Andersonville: A Self-guiding Prison Site Walking Tour

    Exploring Andersonville: A Self-guiding Prison Site Walking Tour

    The site of the Camp Sumter Military Prison, commonly known as Andersonville, is preserved as part of the Andersonville National Historic Site. Today a grassy field punctuated with stakes to mark the location of the deadline and stockade wall, the prison site provides a unique opportunity to explore the experiences of the 45,000 prisoners of war held here in 1864-65. This document provides a guide for teachers leading students around the prison site.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.