Pearce Museum
Teacher Program Guide

A TEKS-based guide to the Civil War experience for 8th grade students

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Johnny Clem, Union Drummer Boy

The Pearce Museum invites you and your class to step back in time and experience a defining event in our nation’s history.  The Pearce Museum’s unique exhibits provide access, through sight and sound, to the people and events of the Civil War.

To see the programs we offer, click here.

As a teacher, you are encouraged to visit the museum prior to bringing your class.  An understanding of the gallery space and the cornerstones of our educational programming will help you incorporate your students’ visit into their classroom studies.   For more information about a teacher tour, call 903-875-7642 or email ann.zembala@navarrocollege.edu.

To view the TEKS for an 8th grade U.S. History study of the Civil War and how the Pearce Museum meets those strands, click here.

To view all the materials available, please register below – FREE OF CHARGE — to receive your login information!   The materials include pre- and post-visit lesson plans and activities.  You may be interested in one or more of the following units:

  • Civil War Basics
  • Sequencing Significant Individuals, Events, and Time Period
  • The Significance of the Years 1861 – 1865
  • The Impact of Slavery
  • Significant individuals
  • Analyzing & Contrasting the Ideas of Lincoln and Davis
  • Economic Differences among the Different Regions
  • The Impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  • Constitutional issues over States’ Rights
  • The Abolitionist Movement
  • Technological and Scientific Innovations during the Civil War


These instructional materials were designed by veteran classroom teachers and curriculum specialists.  The Pearce Museum understands the importance of instruction that adheres faithfully to the TEKS expectations. The Civil War will never be ‘easy’ – but the Pearce Museum is in a unique position to increase understanding. Our mission is to facilitate your teaching and to enrich student learning about an extremely complicated event in U.S. history.

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