The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Lesson plans and other teaching resources

Courage and Fear
Six activities and an assessment for grades 11 and 12.

The Red Badge of Courage
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, a directed reading-thinking activity, vocabulary bingo, and more.

The Red Badge of Courage
Downloadable text of the novel in multiple formats, including EPUB, Kindle, and plain text.

The Red Badge of Courage : A New Kind of Courage
This unit explores the three published endings to the novel and asks students to analyze the author's view of "manly virtues" such as courage.

The Red Badge of Courage : A New Kind of Realism
Students compare specific excerpts from the novel to first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, in text and images. They also list elements of Crane's style that contribute to its realism.

Stephen Crane
Biography and links to e-texts of Active Service , The Red Badge of Courage and Maggie, a Girl of the Streets .

Vocabulary from The Red Badge of Courage
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on the word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.

War Beyond Romance: The Red Badge of Courage and Other Considerations
This lesson plan helps students develop an understanding of the causes and nature of war. It includes vocabulary, discussion questions, and writing activities.

War Is
Upon consideration of the perspectives on war from their classmates, the poet Stephen Crane in "War is Kind," and various characters from All Quiet on the Western Front , students will write an editorial for the school newspaper in which they share opinions about war. This lesson is designed for 10th grade.

War Literature
Students examine the war-related themes of both Crane's prose and poetry. Lesson plans, discussion questions, evaluation, extension questions, related reading and links, and vocabulary. This standards-based set of lessons can be used with or without the video available from

War Literature: Images and Videos
Scroll down on this blog to find links to 3 collections of Civil War photographs and an image analysis assignment.

We Were There
Background information, primary documents and transcripts, photographs, discussion questions, writing tasks, and learning activities. Letters from the Civil War (to p. 17), WW II, and Vietnam. 44 pages; Adobe Reader required.

What Did the Rebel Yell Sound Like?
From the Smithsonian Institute's archives, video footage of aging Confederate soldiers reproducing the yell from their youth. Runs 4:22.