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Loyola University Chicago

Teaching with Primary Sources

Unit Overview

Civil War Unit (Complete Unit) (.PDF)

Unit Packet (.PDF)

Unit Plan (.PDF)


Essential Question: How can varying perspectives lead to internal conflict within a nation?

Coaching Questions:

·      What were the major causes of the Civil War?

·      What was it like to be involved in the Civil War and how was the experience different for Union & Confederate soldiers?


·      Identify the major causes of the Civil War.

·      Compare the experiences of Union & Confederate soldiers

·      Analyze primary sources in order to write a historically accurate diary entry demonstrating an understanding of a Union soldier’s experience.