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  1. American Civil War 1861-1865 By: Jessica Musick October 25, 2005

  2. Analyze Learners • Unit plan consists of information for typical fifth graders, ages 10 and 11. • Students have average to above average test taking scores. • Previously learned skills include: • Map skills • Writing small research papers skills • Critical reading and writing skills • Some reference source usage skills • Letter writing skills

  3. State Objectives • SS.5.4.1 students will read, interpret, and draw conclusions from United States maps • SS.5.4.10 students will use geography to describe historical events • SS.5.5.1 students will describe and analyze the events and the historic figures responsible for such documents as the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation • SS.5.5.8 students will explain how songs, symbols, and slogans demonstrate freedom of expression and the role of protest in democracy • SS.5.5.14 students will analyze the impact of slavery and the Abolition Movement upon the development of the United States • SS.5.5.15 students will identify causes, major events, and important people of the Civil War • SS.5.5.16 students will explain how various reconstruction plans succeeded or failed

  4. Methods, Media, and Materials • Specific handouts and worksheets will be used to help the students understand the topic, along with several websites: http://www.historyplace.com/civilwar http://www.americanhistory.about.com/cs/civilwardocument http://www.civilwar.com http://www.civil-war.net http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/

  5. Day 1: • Students will receive American Civil War Timeline • Students will receive “What Caused the Civil War” worksheet to read through together in class • Discussion about what we think started the Civil War • Students will receive “An Overview of Slavery” worksheet for homework Day 2: • “What Rights Did Slaves Have?” worksheet; we will read through • it together and answer questions orally • Students will receive “Not All Southerners Were Slaveholders” • and “Northerners Had Slaves Too” worksheets for homework • Students will receive a spelling list that contains 35 words • pertaining to the Civil War; quiz will be given in two (2) days

  6. Day 3: • Students will receive information about the Civil War leaders and people of interest of the North and South • Students will receive the “Compare the Leaders” worksheet for homework Day 4: • Students will have small spelling quiz; a total of 100 points • Students will then receive worksheet with a map of the states that were involved in the Civil War • Students will begin the study of several battles of the Civil War and will be asked to write a small paper (one half page) about one battle of their choosing. Papers will be due in two (2) days

  7. Day 5: • Students will spend much of the day on the computers visiting websites about the Civil War • http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/ Students will proceed to this website and will choose an activity to complete Day 6: • Students will turn in short papers about certain battle of the Civil War • Students will receive information about what it was like to be a soldier involved in the Civil War • As a class, we will discuss the aspects of being a soldier • Students will be asked to write a letter describing their first few days as a soldier during the Civil War

  8. Day 7: • Students will begin their research papers that are due in three (3) days • Students will be given their subject for their papers and will proceed to look up information on the computer, along with their notes and worksheets • “The Gettysburg Address” worksheet is to be done for homework Day 8: • Students will have a fun day today!  • Students will split up into small groups of four (4) and choose whether they are slaves, generals, or soldiers • Students will develop and perform a short skit at the end of the day • Students will also learn how West Virginia became a state in 1863 • “Fact or Fiction” worksheet is to be done for homework

  9. Day 9: • Students will have a surprise pop quiz today on ten (10) questions about the Civil War and twenty (20) spelling words • Students will receive information about songs that were penned during the American Civil War including: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie Land, and Glory; Glory; Hallelujah! • Students will spend the rest of the day working on their papers that are due the next day Day 10: • The last and final day of the Civil War unit will consist of in-class discussion about the surrender at the Appomattox Court House and the reason why it is important to learn about the Civil War • Students will turn in their papers

  10. Learner Participation • Students will stay on task by participating in various activities and completing tasks assigned • Students will be able to express their opinion about what they thought caused the American Civil War

  11. Evaluation • The evaluation process will consist of a 2-4 page paper: “What was the American Civil War?” • Students will be asked to write about the causes and effects of the war, the most influential leaders, and also the most important battles of the war.

  12. The End