“As the War Turns": Exploring the Drama of the Civil War

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As part of their study of the American Civil War, class groups investigate Civil War casualties, medicine and disease, conscription, prisons, the life of a soldier, and Civil War spies. Then they script and perform a soap opera drama on their topic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Present a mini-lesson on the soap opera format including clips from several popular shows
Classroom Considerations

  • Some class members may not be familiar with the soap opera format
Pros

  • Each soap opera team is provided with an introduction to their topic, primary source documents, images, and debriefing questions
  • The plan is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded
  • A plan appropriate for eighth graders is also included
Cons

  • None
Common Core