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The War between the States lasted from 1861 until 1865. The long and bloody war took the lives of over 600,000 soldiers leaving more than 1,100,000, soldiers injured. 2011, will be the 150 anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. What do you know about this time period in American history? Try the following webquest!

1. President Lincoln opposed slavery. When he was elected, which state was the first to secede from the United States?____________How many states formed the Confederate States of America?_____________The Capital of the Confederacy was originally Montgomery, Alabama, but was later, Richmond, Virginia. In 1854, which state was the first fight over the issue of slavery?___________ What did the government act allow the state residents in this state to do? _______________ In addition to slavery, what were 2 other issues that caused the North and South to have conflicts?__________and__________. Find the answers at this link:Ducksters.com

2.Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy's greatest general, graduated from which military academy?_____________ What did President Lincoln ask him to do?________________ Why did he decline?_____________ Why did Lee eventually surrender to the North?____________________Find the answers at this link: ducksters.com


3. Ulysses S. Grant, leader of the Union Army, graduated from which military academy?____________What did he allow the Confederate troops to do after the surrender at Appomattox Court House?_______________Why did Grant do this?_____________After the war,what did this war hero become?________________Find the answers at this link: biography.com


4. The southern states that seceded from the United States, thought no violence would occur, from their actions.They were wrong. What event started the Civil War? _________________. Near which city was this site found?_______________Who was the commander of the Confederate forces during this event?__________________ Find the answers at this link:eyewhitnesstohistory.com

The complete Resource has 12 web questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links.
Check out these additional resources for this time period:

1.Use this informative Reader's Theater Script to learn about Harriet Tubman, ex-slave who became the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, aUnion Spy and women's suffrage advocate. The fun/informative play uses the format of Harriet Tubma being a guest on Ms. Bie Ografee's talk show and the studio audience asks questions about her life and contributions. Great for Black History Month in February or Women's History Month in March. Comprehension questions/extension activities, key.Harriet Tubman, A Reader's Theater Script


2. Reader's Theater Script on Mary Todd Lincoln: Need a quick Friday(or day before a vacation)activity?Teaching American History?Want to to practice oral reading fluency in Language Arts and need a biographical play?Try this fun/information Mary Todd Lincoln play based on the To Tell the Truth Game Show.Grades 4 and up. Comprehension questions,discussion questions,activities as well as links for more information are also included:Mary Todd Lincoln, A Reader's Theater Script


3. Abraham Lincoln. The fun/informative play uses the format of Abraham Lincoln being a guest on a talk show and the studio audience asks questions about his life. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee's Talk Show Series.Abraham Lincoln, A Reader's Theater Script


4. Learn about Abe Lincoln with this informative web quest! President Lincoln started our national Thanksgiving holiday. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln didn't like the name Abe and even his wife called him, Lincoln. Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills. Extension activities for Language Arts included, too!Abraham Lincoln, A Webquest