Civil War

Historical poetry is lyrical in form and rich with content. After examining the differences between the Northern and Southern states before and during the U.S. Civil War, learners complete a Venn diagram and create an illustration of the differences between the opposing sides. They then write a poem based on their research and class discussion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage class members to present their poems at a school poetry slam
  • Poetry assignment may require more guidance than provided on the handout
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed for elementary readers but well-suited for middle schoolers as well
  • Uses a song from Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma as an example of the poetic form
  • Provides differentiation options for struggling readers or English learners
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