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  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Conditions at Andersonville

    Andersonville artwork

    Type:
    Primary Sources
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Prisoner of War Museum Activity Booklet

    Students work on an activity in the museum hallway.

    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 Plan
    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
  • Courtroom scene

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Twelfth Grade
  • Curriculum cover showing images of prisoners of war

    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:
    Curricula
    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

    Using the Film "Andersonville" in the Classroom

    First page of teacher's guide

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-General
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 4-6)

    Thousands of graves, decorated with American flags, are arrayed in long rows

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Civil War, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History, Writing
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    August Anguish at Andersonville (Grades 9-12)

    Thousands of graves are arranged in long rows, decorated with American flags.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Civil War, History, Mathematics, Military and Wartime History
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    The Memory Star Project

    Memory Stars

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

    Medical Conditions at Andersonville Prison Webquest

    Drawing of the second Andersonville prison hospital

    Nearly 13,000 prisoners died at Andersonville of disease and malnutrition.
    This activity is designed to help students explore the medical conditions at Andersonville, and how those conditions contributed to a high rate of death. Some of the content of this activity is graphic and may not be appropriate for younger students.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Health, Medicine, Military and Wartime History
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Document Based Question: Conditions at Andersonville

    Image of prisoners cowering in the rain

    This activity is modeled after the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History Course Document Based Question (DBQ). Its purpose is to have students work with primary sources related to Andersonville Prison and to evaluate and find meaning from these sources. Students are asked to write an essay that answers the question while utilizing the provided documents as sources.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History
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