Transcribing Civil War History

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Primary sources are valuable for understanding the context of historical events, but the diction and dialect in these documents can be difficult to understand. Middle and high schoolers participation in a transcription process in which they translate primary sources from the Civil War to reflect a modern version.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Feature the oral presentations during a grade-wide focus on the Civil War
  • Create a cross-curricular lesson between social studies and language arts
  • Encourage individuals or groups to use multimedia in their modernized presentation 
Classroom Considerations

  • The transcription process might be difficult for younger learners, 
Pros

  • Encourages a connection to primary sources and documents from the past
  • Comes with modification ideas for different audiences
Cons

  • None