Activity Overview

Investigation and inquiry are important tools in developing solid historical thinking skills. There are numerous battles of the Civil War for students to explore and investigate independently. Students can independently research various battles for their significance and outcomes and present their findings in storyboards.

By following a simple graphic organizer created from a traditional storyboard, students will have the tools to successfully evaluate a Civil War battle. The activity will have students effectively evaluating what happened during the battle, why decisions were made, and the long-term results of the event. Check out this example on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Students should answer the following questions:

  • BACKGROUND of the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • WHO was involved in the Battle of Gettsyburg?
  • WHY did the Battle of Gettysburg occur?
  • WHAT happened during the Battle of Gettysburg?
  • WHERE did the Battle of Gettysburg take place?
  • What were the RESULTS of the Battle of Gettysburg?

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard analyzing the Battle of Gettysburg.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each title box, ask Who, What, When, Where, Why, and Results.
  3. In the descriptions, write the answers to each of those questions.
  4. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/9-10/3] Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.


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