Lesson Plan

Civil War Play

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Raise the curtain to a class play that depicts the Civil War through both factual information and literary devices. The performance showcases the Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg) and brings attention to women's roles, as well as how friends became foes that fought against each other during the war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Send a note home to families inviting them to the upcoming play, and ask for volunteers to support the play's planning and preparation
  • Invite other grade levels to view a performance
  • Schedule time at the library or computer lab to research additional information about the Civil War
Classroom Considerations
  • The assessment reads more like objectives; modifications are required if you wish to provide a number or letter grade 
  • The script serves as both a play or reader's theater piece 
  • All learners may participate in some manner 
  • Lesson is not very detailed