How to Use this Website as a Teaching Tool
This website is full of content to help you, the teacher, and your students better understand the Civil War – and in an easy to use format.
Check out Civil War Basics for facts and figures on the impact of the war nationally and in the Keystone State.
Our lesson plans from the Mütter Museum cover everything you need to know about Civil War medicine.
Follow the chronology of the Civil War with the Interactive Timeline and Interactive Map.
Access bibliographies for secondary source research in the essay sections of the website found under Understand the War Through People Then and Now.
Locate quickly the Central Documents of the Civil War era referenced in your textbooks or available at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
For additional primary source research, use portraits, prints, paintings, and images of artifacts in the Artifact Showcase or the Photo Galleries provided with the essays.
Plan field trips and learn about exhibits throughout the Commonwealth with the Events Calendar and the regional sections of the home page.
Align Civil War content with Pennsylvania Academic Standards for History with the Civil War Educators’ Index.
- Find material on the Web site aligned to standards you teach.
- Link to other Web sites with teacher-ready material.
- Download teacher resources, such as lesson plans, classroom activities and multimedia.
- Suggest students use this index too to aid in their homework and research.
Develop your students’ historical skills through use of the Civil War Case Studies section.
- Find resources keyed to Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System for Social Studies.
- Help students hone their historical analytic skills
- Use Civil War content to build competencies and answer essential questions in the history curriculum
- Bone up with Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand edited by James M. McPherson and William J. Cooper Jr. (Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1998).
- Use the digital resources of the Pennsylvania State Library to find primary sources.