Teaching Materials

We are pleased to provide you with both on-site and classroom teaching materials. These documents will provide you with information about the Battle of Antietam and provide you with lessons and activities that supplement your study of the battle.

Teacher-Led Tour Materials:

"Antietam: People and Places" Self-guided Driving Tour Guide (pdf, 8.2 MB, 25 pages).

"Contradictions and Divided Loyalties: Slavery on the Antietam Battleground." Self-guided Driving Tour Guide (pdf, 2.3 MB, 10 pages).

Map for Auto Tour (pdf, 130 KB, 1 page).

Here is a collection of "Scavenger Hunt" worksheets for students to complete when they visit the park:

Visitor Center Museum Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 47 kb, 2 pages).

Answer Sheet for Visitor Center Museum Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 50 kb, 2 pages).

Scavenger Hunt (pdf, 503 KB, 3 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Maryland Students (pdf, 828 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Ohio Students (pdf, 1.1 MB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Pennsylvania Students (pdf, 891 KB, 4 pages).

Scavenger Hunt for Virginia Students (pdf, 773 kb, 4 pages).

On-Site Teacher Led Activities:

Mumma/Roulette Farm Education Trail Guide (pdf, 4.2 MB, 37 pages).

Mumma Cemetery Exploration Worksheet (pdf, 763 KB, 4 pages).

10 page "Interview a Monument" Worksheet and Background Materials (pdf, 330 KB).

You're the Gunner Math Activity (pdf, 167 KB, 2 pages).

Antietam National Cemetery Teacher Packet (pdf, 8 MB, 34 pages).

Antietam National Cemetery Student packet (pdf, 1.5 MB, 6 pages).

Teacher Packets (a collection classroom materials and worksheets):

Teacher Packet for Kindergarten-4th Grade (pdf, 3.2 MB, 50 pages).

Teacher Packet for 5th-8th Grade (pdf, 1.4 MB, 57 pages).

Teacher Packet for 9th-12th Grade (pdf, 1.57 MB, 52 pages).

Audio-Visual Materials

Antietam PowerPoint Presentation (12.2 mb).

A 6-minute youtube video where park rangers describe the battle. You can watch the video by clicking here.

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  • When war broke out in April 1861, Harpers Ferry was still producing weapons for the U.S. Government, but that spring, the Confederates dismantled both weapons’ factories and sent the machines south.  Yet Harpers Ferry remained important to the Union.  Why?  Students will learn about the town’s importance, a little bit about soldier life, and of the 126th New York’s first experiences in this border town after their arrival in August 1862.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Slavery, Social Studies
    Keywords:
    The Battle of Harpers Ferry 1862, Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, General George B. McClellan, The Battle of Second Manassas, The Battle of Antietam Sharpsburg, The Battle of South Mountain
  • When war broke out in April 1861, thousands of young men rushed to join the colors. Why were they so anxious to go off to war? Then, after the horrors of war had been exposed, why were thousands more willing to enlist in 1862?  Why did men of central New York decide to join a new unit, the 126th New York Volunteer Infantry in August of 1862? Each student will receive the identity of an actual soldier from that regiment, and eventually find out what happened to him as a result of the war.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History, Military and Wartime History, Slavery, Social Studies
  • Students will assume the role of war correspondents and gather facts about the battle through utilizing primary and secondary sources.  Using these sources, students will learn about the Battle of Antietam and then write and illustrate a period newspaper.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History
  • Students will study historic photographs, sketches, and paintings of the battle and then compare them to modern photographs of the battlefield. They will then complete a worksheet that compares the battlefield then and now

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, History
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus is suspended by President Lincoln.

    Students will explore original source materials illuminating the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War. Students will examine Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and the non-judicial detention of Southern sympathizers during the Civil War.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Constitutional Law