Lesson Plans

For each of the thematic sections of Shades of Gray and Blue: Reflections of Life in Civil War Tennessee, a lesson plan is included. The plans can be downloaded in pdf format and copied and distributed for classroom use. All images on the website may be printed out as low-resolution files and used for educational purposes. However, as is standard professional practice, any use of the images, even for classroom projects, should include the accompanying credit line listing the museum, institution, or individual owner of the object.

Although these plans have been designed specifically for teachers and students in grades 5-12 and aligned with curriculum standards of the Tennessee State Department of Education, it is hoped that they will be adapted for use in other school systems. Jeff Sellers, a former history teacher, created the lesson plans. Jeff holds an M.A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University and is Curator of Education at the Tennessee State Museum.

We would be most interested in receiving feedback from teachers and students about the usefulness of this site as a resource and the creative ways in which they adapt the lesson plans. To leave feedback about these lesson plans or to give us ideas for future lesson plan development: jeff.sellers@tn.gov

For any other questions regarding the Shades of Gray and Blue website or the CONTENTdm collection database it was designed to accompany, please contact Ken Middleton, Associate Professor and User Services Librarian, Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University: kmiddlet@mtsu.edu

Overview Lessons

Creating a Museum Exhibit of Tennesseans Civil War Experiences

Writing a Museum Label