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Discuss the differences between the North and the South and how those differences led to the Civil War. Middle schoolers examine and analyze a famous speech or writing by President Lincoln in order to better understand the speaker's argument and discuss the conflicting opinions of the President during the war. After analyzing the speech or writing, learners write an essay in which they briefly summarize the speech.
Upper graders explore equality by writing an essay. They read the story Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco, and discuss the meaning of the story and its relevance to Civil War events. Learners investigate the five writing process steps and write an essay which answers an important question about the Civil War.
Study and research the American Civil War in this explanatory writing lesson. Middle schoolers complete six activities to learn about the American Civil War and soldiers' views of the war. The lesson includes several options to complete the activities, such as PowerPoint, Venn diagram, and several biographical stories. Use this lesson to begin an informative writing assignment or to reinforce research procedures.
Students recognize that animals played an important role for soldiers during the Civil War. In this Civil War animal mascots lesson, students explore how pets are helpful to people. Students watch a Civil War video and complete a KWL about animal mascots during the war. Students discuss the benefits of animal mascots and loyalty of animals. Students answer questions about animal mascots.
Here is a fine unit of lessons which compare and contrast the culture during the time period of the classic book, Little Women to present day. Topics covered are the family, politics, morality, fashion, transportation, cities, historical events, and much more. Fifth graders take a close look at the many ways the war affected one particular family: the March family. This 22-page plan contains worksheets, quizzes, activities, rubrics, and explicit instructions on how to implement the lessons. Very good!
Fourth graders examine Civil War photographs. In this historical perspectives lesson, 4th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress featuring the Civil War and determine whether their origin was from the North or South. Students write reaction papers based on their findings.