|19th CENTURY LIFE: A CULTURAL
HISTORY UNIT STUDY
Three children in c.1860s dress.
"Whatever thy hand finds to do, do it with all thy might."
A few months ago I began to consider creating a Civil War-era unit study for my daughter. The more I worked, however,
the more I saw that it is impossible to truly understand the mindset of the people during this time period without
understanding a little about what their lives were like.
The information in this unit study actually began as an hour-long program I used at a local home-school coop. There I
taught 4 levels: Early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school students.
* All historians bring a bias to their work. This is an unabashedly southern, conservative, Protestant Christian
study, although I do not advance any particular denomination's interpretation.
* This Unit Study is MULTI-LEVEL and contains material that would challenge a high school senior with a calling to
study history. Thus there are topics here that may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive students. The
Supplementary Readings are usually designed for UPPER LEVEL students. Parents may want to gloss over the
sections on sickness, poverty, and other difficult topics.
* No one is expected to do, or needs to do, all of the projects or work suggested. I simply want to provide MORE
information and suggestions than you need, so that you may pick and choose.
*While this unit study does NOT claim to be a "complete" course in English, History, Science or Math, you will find
workpages and suggestions for these at the end of some lessons. Hopefully one day this will be a complete unit
*Some of the quotes given for more advanced readers are taken from 19th century sources. Some are exact quotes,
while others I had to alter somewhat to make them easier to read or more suitable to be read orally (which is what
we did when I gave this program). If your student is looking for exact quotes to use in a research paper, have him
or her consult the original source document for the exact wording. I have also including role-playing readings, which
I created just for this project.
At the end of this introductory section, you will find a list of the skills covered and also a list of the suggested
God Bless you as you teach your precious children!
EACH LESSON CONTAINS
Planning & Possible Activities to Choose From
Vocabulary- Choose which words fit your students' levels.
General Information Readings. Sometimes there is one reading and sometimes more. Sometimes there are
readings for younger students and others for advanced students
Readings taken from or adapted from primary sources.
Some lessons also contain role-playing scripts.
EXTRAS: English, Math, Coloring Pages, Etc. These are just some simple exercises that may or may not have to
do with the topic, but you can use them with your children if you wish.
MAKING COLORING SHEEETS AND LAP BOOKS: Usually you can
right-click on an illustration and copy it into a Word document, then resize it to make a
coloring sheet or illustration for a lap book.
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