Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Elizabeth, Illinois  USA

For Educators

Bring the Apple River Fort and the Black Hawk War into your classroom! Below are several, easily adaptable lesson plans, activities, and other resources for students of all ages. All lesson plans meet Illinois Learning Standards unless otherwise specified. Topics include the Apple River Fort, the Black Hawk War, Sauk and Fox history, Illinois history, and more. 

                                                               In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, the Illinois State Board of Education created a 

                                                               series of lesson plans and activities. One lesson plan, "Heroes of Illinois," can be tailored

                                                               to include Black Hawk and other participants in the Black Hawk War.                                                               


                                                               Elizabeth Carvery, former director of the John Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk           

                                                               State Park, developed this companion curriculum for her book Twelve Moons: A Year 

                                                               with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 (copies are available at the Fort's gift shop).

Check back for more lesson plans and activities to bring the Fort to life in your classroom!