Lesson Plan

Medical Conditions at Andersonville Prison Webquest

Drawing of the second Andersonville prison hospital

Drawing of the second Andersonville prison hospital

NPS/Andersonville National Historic Site

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Grade Level:
Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Civil War, Health, Medicine, Military and Wartime History
Duration:
60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
This activity aligns to the common core standards for ELA/social studies

Overview

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.

Objective(s)

At the end of the activity, the students will be able to:

  • Identify key diseases that were prevalent at Andersonville.
  • Explain the causes for the spread of these diseases.
  • Compare the treatments of these diseases at Andersonville to their modern treatments.

Materials

Provided by Teacher - Photocopies of the material included with this lesson.

Procedure