Civil War

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What was it like to enlist as a soldier in the Civil War? By using enlistment papers, young scholars consider this question. After they've looked at the primary source and discussed it, they create a short story of a fictional soldier to explain what they learned.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use discussion questions to analyze the included primary source and others related to the topic
  • Ask scholars to write a letter home, diary entry, or short story to demonstrate their learning
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils may need some background on the Civil War to understand the context of the activity
Pros

  • Activity compares the experiences of a Union soldier to relatable experiences for a young person today
  • Primary source image is intriguing
Cons

  • Not all the documents mentioned in the resource are included
Common Core