Field Trips

Citizenship Stories: Untold Stories From The Battle of Gettysburg

Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.2, 6-8.RH.4, 6-8.RH.7, 6-8.RH.8, 6-8.RH.9, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.1.a, 6.SL.1.b, 6.SL.1.c, 6.SL.1.d, 6.SL.4, 7.SL.1, 7.SL.1.a, 7.SL.1.c, 7.SL.1.d, 7.SL.2, 7.SL.4, 8.SL.1, 8.SL.1.a, 8.SL.1.b, 8.SL.1.c, 8.SL.1.d, 8.SL.2, 8.SL.3, 8.SL.4


The Battle of Gettysburg greatly impacted the people who lived on the land on which the battle was fought. In many cases, these individuals, though greatly affected by the battle, did not enjoy all the rights of American citizenship, although they were expected to uphold the responsibilities of American citizenship. 


To offer a ninety-minute long program during which students will visit the homes of three individuals who were adversely affected by the Battle of Gettysburg: Lydia Leister, Abraham Bryan, and Elizabeth Thorn. Students will understand the sacrifices each had to make before, during, and after the battle of Gettysburg, and how they, despite their sacrifices, never enjoyed the full rights and liberties of American citizenship.   


After completing the pre-visit and post-visit activities and participating in the Park Ranger-led student education program at Gettysburg National Military Park, the students will be able to:
--Identify at least three rights and three responsibilities of American citizenship
--Explain how the Battle of Gettysburg impacted the civilians of Gettysburg
--Examine and analyze primary source documents pertaining to 19th Century American History and the American Civil War 
--Identify consequences of the American Civil War, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments 


This teachers' guide contains required pre-visit preparation and activities, instructions for the field trip and ranger-led program, as well as suggested post-visit activities.

Download Citizenship Stories Teacher's Guide

Last updated: August 17, 2021