Ken Burns Classroom

Recounting America’s Greatest Stories: A Conversation With Ken Burns

Ken Burns Film: The Civil War

Collections: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 6-12

Video Run Time: 1:01:23

Master storyteller and filmmaker, Ken Burns, has created works that have explored the people, places and events that have shaped America’s complicated history. But what makes for a great story and how can we ensure that these stories have relevance in decades to come? During this hour, Mr. Burns shares an inside look at how he captured the significance of the American Civil War through filmmaking and storytelling. Students will learn about the events that led to the Civil War and gain insight into how similar factors lead to current conflicts throughout the world. Uncover the lessons that can be learned from history as PBS LearningMedia and Ken Burns commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of THE CIVIL WAR. (Recorded on September 15, 2015)