Teaching through our historic sites

Pre-Visit Activities

  1. Students should read the chapters of The North Carolina Civil War Experience on North Carolina as a Civil War Battlefield which will give vital background information leading to the surrender.
  2. In order to make the most effective use of the time your students have on-site, teachers should make arrangements to have their class view the Dawn of Peace orientation program prior to their arrival. This will not only give your students important historical information ahead of their visit but will also allow time for more hands-on experience at the site. The video is available on the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources YouTube Channel.
  3. Students should read the Site Narratives provided in this unit which describes in greater detail the circumstances of the surrender at Bennett Place.
  4. Teachers may use the Supplemental Lesson Plan: Terms of Surrender as a pre-visit activity or a stand-alone classroom lesson. Classes preparing for a field trip to the site should familiarize themselves with the Site Map and the Glossary of Terms prior to their visit.

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