Civil War Personalities Lesson Plan

Caring, trustworthiness, and responsibility—these are only a few character traits in focus of a instructional activity 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