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Stamp Stories: The Civil War

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Civics +7 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
A resource demonstrating a fun and engaging teaching strategy, Stamp Stories.
Postage stamps are not simply a means to send a letter but can serve as windows into the history and cultures of the world. Every stamp tells a story. Simultaneously a primary and secondary source; the subject depicted on a stamp presents opportunities for innovative teaching strategies that appeal specifically to visual learners.

In this lesson, students build their own stamp collections to show what they’ve learned and debate why the stamps they've chosen reflect the given theme.

This specific collection features the Civil War but the technique may be applied to any subject or theme as an assessment, review tool, or ice breaker.

32c Civil War pane of twenty

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5c Lincoln single

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5c Jefferson Davis single

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30c Robert E. Lee single

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5c Emancipation Proclamation single

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3c Gettysburg Address single

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8c Grant single

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3c Emancipation Monument single

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5c Appomattox single

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10c Assassination of Lincoln

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