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Moving from Confusion to Understanding
How do we move students from boredom and confusion to genuine interest and understanding?
Historical narratives are believable accounts of human events, but more than that they have the power to disclose the intentions of the people involved, the difficulties they encountered and the complex world in which historical figures actually lived.
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Students make a WANTED Poster using the information from the previous Venn Diagram exercise.
DESSERTER, Pinkus Aylee
For War Crimes and Treason
Missing Union Soldier; former Georgia slave; mother- Moe Moe Bay; knows how to read; brave
Students will create Venn Diagram in various shapes addressing the following aspects of the characters Pink and Say:
Situations That Pink and Say Find Themselves in Throughout the Book
Backgrounds of Pink and Say
Physical/Personal Traits of Pink & Say
Pink and Say’s Changes
Emotions displayed by
Pink and Say Throughout the Book
The science of the Civil War can bring to reality the historical facts of the textbook. Have the students research the ways in which wounded soldiers were removed from the battlefield and treated. Have the students construct a small-scale model which would assist in carefully removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield.
with Pink & Say
Using the information provided in the map on you left, have the students create a map that illustrates the Union, Confederate and Border states and the Western territories. Note that Pink and Say were both Union soldiers.
Gather information about the Emancipation Proclamation and write a letter to Abraham Lincoln from Say’s point of view after he was released from prison. It should express feelings about the importance of the Civil War in American History.
Construct a timeline of important events from 1860 – 1865 including illustrations.
In a class discussion, have the students explain why the Civil War had such a significant impact on the US. In addition, have the students give expected and unexpected consequences of the Civil War.
Revisit the KWLS Chart from the launch activity and have students complete the last two columns. As class discusses answers from their individual papers, add information to chart paper from class KWLS Chart.
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco provides an excellent avenue by which students can travel from the point of historical confusion to the destination of genuine historical understanding.
Cappenter, D. Literature. Retrieved July 10, 2009 from www.cartoonstock.com.
Civil War Music. Retrieved July 9, 2009 from http://www.pdmusic.org/civilwar.html.
Crabtree, C., Nash, P., and Waugh, S. Approaching United States History: Foundations of Good Teaching – Rationale: Why Study History/The Case of History in our Schools. Lesson From History, Essential Understanding and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire. 1992. pp. 1-10. The National Center for History in Schools. L.A., CA.
Polacco, P. Pink and Say. 1994. Philomel Books. New York.
Wood, J. 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2009. www.learninglaffs.com.
Miscellaneous Illustrations – www.clipart.com; www.patriciapolacco.com.