Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan

Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a lesson based on stories from the Civil War era. Class members explore several influential lives while reading biographies that highlight their positive character traits. Working collaboratively, learners take part in a grand discussion to identify traits and provide textual evidence for proof. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Post discussion questions on a classroom blog 
  • Review how to mark the text during the first biography read-aloud to aid in the small group biography assignment 
  • Create a packet compiled of each handout for easy referencing throughout the lesson 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies
Pros

  • The lesson sparks critical thinking and dialogue about positive character traits and role models
  • Provides an optional activity to extend the learning experience 
Cons

  • Grammatical errors are present, but do not take away from the overall meaning