Curriculum Materials

The Parks As Classrooms program brings the history and great outdoors of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to you, allowing students to learn about the people and events of this site from the classroom. Battlefield staff has developed lessons that will connect students and teachers to the historic events that took place here in a tangible way. Lessons for social studies and science are also available for download.


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  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    What Would You Do? Plotting and Planning Strategies of the Civil War

    Civil War Cannon

    This simulation gives students the opportunity to plot and plan the military strategies of two imaginary countries: Gagoola and Tangmania. As an introductory lesson, this lesson allows students to explore the options available to civil war leaders. After the simulation, they should be able to answer the essential question:

    Was there a way that the south could have won the American Civil War?
    (Note: This lesson works best if the essential question is revealed after the activity)

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Civilian War Experience: The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

    Civilian at Kennesaw Mountain

    Students will be using analysis of primary sources to investigate the question:

    How did the experience of the Civil War differ from multiple perspectives, including that of women, children, and other civilians?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    The Cherokee People Lesson Plan - Elementary

    Essential Questions:
    How does culture define a group of people?
    What defines sovereignty over an area?

    Objective(s):
    Analyze traditional stories of the Cherokee People
    Describe aspects of Cherokee life, including Sequoyah/Cherokee Syllabary and common Cherokee settlements/farms.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    The Cherokee People and the Trail of Tears - Middle School Lesson

    Trail of Tears

    How was the conflict between states’ rights and the power of the federal government demonstrated in the Indian Removal Act and Worcester v. Georgia/Cherokee Nation v. Georgia?

    How did the Cherokee both assimilate white culture and resist white expansion?

    Students will analyze the impact of the Indian Removal Act on the Cherokee and the resulting Trail of Tears.
    Describe the roles of Andrew Jackson, John Ross, and Sequoyah played in Cherokee resistance and removal.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • Cannon at Kennesaw Mountain

    Students learn about the difficult decisions made by the generals of the Atlanta Campaign by becoming the leaders of two fictional armies. By plotting their own strategies, they learn more about the choices made by generals and the results of those decisions.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eleventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Geography, History, Military and Wartime History
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    The Cherokee People (Elementary)

    In this lesson, elementary students will gain an understanding of cultural elements of the Cherokee people through the use of traditional stories, a primary document, and an activity that increases comprehension of the trade and barter system commonly used by early settlers.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    Keywords:
    Native American history
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Civilian War Experience: Experiencing the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

    Civilian life

    War impacts far more than just politicians and militaries, it effects and disrupts the lives of civilians as well. This lesson explores the many ways that the Civil War changed people's lives by looking at the civilians who lived around Kennesaw Mountain and through the battle there in 1864.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Family Life, History, Literature, Military and Wartime History, Reading, Slavery, Social Studies, Women's History, Writing
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface