Walt Whitman and the Civil War

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To develop their abilities to critically evaluate source materials, middle schoolers examine three primary sources on Civil War field hospitals. Groups identify the bias, point of view, and rate the value of the resource to historians.

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CCSS: Adaptable

Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the lesson and assign groups various documents to examine out of class
Classroom Considerations

  • The primary sources include a manuscript from a Walt Whitman notebook and one of his poems, a letter from a field doctor, and photographs

  • Links are provided to additional primary sources and background information
  • Step-by-step directions are provided for the lesson

  • None
Common Core