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Keywords: History, US History, Civil War
Subject(s): Geography, Social Studies, History
Grades 7 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Central Dauphin Middle School, Harrisburg, PA
Planned By: Andrea Farmer
Original Author: Andrea Farmer, Harrisburg
Battlefield RoadTrip Google My Maps

Task: You have decided to go on a road trip to visit some of the important battlefields of the Civil War. Using Google My Maps you will need to find the location of the National Battlefield for 5 important battles during the Civil War.

Find 5 Battlefield National Parks:
These should be from the battles that we talked about in class (Use your two YELLOW Battle Studies charts to help you)
Open a new Google My Map
Do a search and find the battlefield locations on your map
Pin the locations on your Google My Map

Describe the battle:
After you pin your location, give a brief description of each battle
Important people (including generals)
Events of the battle
Outcome (who one)
Include a picture of the battlefield (you can use Google Images)

Plan your route:
After you have pinned and described the battles you will need to plan the best driving route
Your route should connect to each battlefield in the most logical order to complete your journey in the shortest time possible (in other words you should not go from Pennsylvania to South Carolina then back to Maryland It would make more sense to go from Pennsylvania to Maryland then South Carolina)
Find the best route to the next closest location and connect it with a driving route.
You should have ONE driving route connecting all five locations

Submit your map:
Give your map a name
Submit it through Google Classroom

Map completed on time 5 points
5 locations tagged 5 points
Descriptions for all 5 battle sites 10 points
Pictures for all 5 battle sites 5 points
One driving route connecting all 5 battlefields in logical order 5 points
Total 30 Points
This project requires the use of Google My Maps. It is part of Google GAFE. Prior to assigning this task students should be familiar with Google My Maps and have a background in important Civil War Battles.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
ELA - Students could read stories about Civil War soldiers, write a diary entry from the perspective of a soldier, write about their experiences "traveling" to the Civil War Battlefields.
Students could write a reflection on how completing the project helped them better understand the Civil War and the geography of the battle sites.
Materials: Computer Accessories, Social Studies