A Crash Course on the Civil War and Reconstruction Earlier this year Hank and John Green launched Crash Course U.S. History. These videos provide ten to twelve minute overviews of key events and themes in the history of the United States. The series started with the arrival of Europeans in North America.
Cute video that I could show on the first day of class or during the first week of school to introduce 8th grade American History. This video would summarize to my students what they should expect to learn this year.
Introduction activity: Use an old map from just before the Civil War started (West Virginia didn't exist). Don't alert students to the differences. Cut apart states and have students assemble like a puzzle. Life is Better Messy Anyway: