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  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Interview a Monument: Exploring the Monuments of Andersonville National Cemetery

    Interview a Monument: Exploring the Monuments of Andersonville National Cemetery

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s several states, along with organizations like the Woman’s Relief Corps, began to erect monuments around the Andersonville Prison Site and the Andersonville National Cemetery. The purpose of this activity is for you to explore the monuments in the cemetery and to gain an understanding as to how and why people chose to build them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Civil War
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Museum Scavenger Hunt

    A worksheet 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:
    Fourth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    Applicable Georgia Performance Standards High School (United States History) SSUSH9 Middle School (8th Grade GA Studies) SS8H6 Elementary School (5th Grade Social Studies – American History) SS5H1
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Document Based Question: Conditions at Andersonville

    Document Based Question: Conditions at Andersonville

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

    Literature of the Andersonville Prison

    Literature of the Andersonville Prison

    The story of Andersonville Prison is not confined to a history class. A wealth of literature has been created telling the story, both fictional and nonfictional. Former prisoners are a powerful source of this literary tradition, many of whom published memoirs, diaries, and poetry about their experiences. Their works are full of the rich literary symbolism that are a hallmark of American literature and are an important part of the story of Andersonville and how it is remembered.

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

    Medical Conditions at Andersonville Prison Webquest

    Medical Conditions at Andersonville Prison Webquest

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Health, Medicine, Military and Wartime History
    National/State Standards:
    This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective

    The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective

    The American Red Cross developed these resources to help educators connect American history to humanitarian law and principles. The American Civil War: A Humanitarian Perspective is inspired by the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Education Development Center (EDC).

    Type:
    Curriculum Units
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Law, Military and Wartime History, Philanthropy/Humanitarianism, Public Policy
    National/State Standards:
    The EHL curriculum, including the Civil War units, has been aligned with national and state standards for social studies, English language arts, and common core.