A House Divided: The Civil War Home Front in Tennessee

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To broaden their understanding of both the short term and long terms effects of the Civil War, class groups examine primary source materials and then assume the role of a family member and draft a letter to a soldier describing life at home.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into two groups; one representing soldiers and one family members and then have the pairs exchange letters describing their experiences
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for and reflective of Tennessee history, the plan may be easily adapted for any classroom
Pros

  • The packet includes links to primary source materials and resources including photos and letters
Cons

  • Some class members may need additional scaffolding to understand how to use information found in the primary source documents to craft their letter
Common Core