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As a history teacher, you can make a big impression in leading young Americans to care about the history of Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War as well as the fate of the battlefields associated with these conflicts. Your students will be the ones to decide how we remember these conflicts and whether we preserve the sites that shaped the history of our nation. 

American battlefield Trust’s FREE Educational Resources

 

 

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The Civil War Curriculum

The American Battlefield Trust Curriculum is an outstanding resource for educators. Designed for use in classrooms from grade levels 3-12, this set of nine standards-based lesson plans, and one final exam, was developed by teachers and the American Battlefield staff for students at the Elementary, Middle and High School level. Explore the lessons ›

 
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Traveling Trunk

By far our most popular education program, the Civil War Traveling Trunk program provides reproduction artifacts, books, music, and other various materials for teachers to utilize during their Civil War instruction, allowing students to have a hands-on experience. Teacher's will receive the trunk, which we ship to your school at no cost to you, for one full school week. Reserve it for your classroom today ›

 
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The Field Trip Fund

When students are able to engage with history on battlefields, at museums, or other historic sites, it makes an indelible impact on them for years to come. Our Field Trip Fund is designed to get students from the school classrooms out and onto battlefield classrooms. Our fund has helped to fund more than 400 trips, which in turn, sent more than 32,000 students and teachers to historic sites. Apply for a grant to cover up to $1,500 of your next field trip and get your kids out on the battlefield where their imaginations can take over. Apply for funding ›

 
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National Teacher Institute

Our annual National Teacher Institute has been the standard for professional educator development in the history field, for the last nineteen years. Through lectures, interactive workshops, and on-site tours—the National Teacher Institute has changed the lives of almost 3,000 teachers and some 3,000,000 students. By providing first-class programs to educators, we will ultimately have a long-lasting and positive impact on each and every student with which they engage. American Battlefield Trust professional development events will help you enrich your Civil War instruction and earn a continuing education certificate. Register for the event ›

 

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Great Task

History can do more than instruct; it can also inspire. The “Great Task” Youth Leadership Program is for student, school, or youth groups in grade levels 7 to 12, looking for intensive leadership and character-building experiences. This award winning program is a joint partnership between Gettysburg National Military Park, and the American Battlefield Trust and offered July through October for student and youth organizations looking for something more than the traditional field trip experience. Apply for Great Task >>

 

 

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Other Educational Resources 

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Frequently asked questions:    How to Cite the American Battlefield Trust
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                                                     Ancestor Research Guide

Civil War Lesson Plans