Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Civil War Revisited

published on: 11/18/2005

Contributing Teacher(s): Melissa Goss

Subject Area: Technology Use/Handheld Computers

Grade Range: Upper Elementary (4-5)

Materials Needed:

  • Computer access
  • The Civil War Revisited WebQuest- available on computer, or use Fling-It to put on the handhelds
  • Handheld computers
  • Keyboards
  • Fling-It, PicoMap, and Word-to-Go
  • Various art supplies to create brochures

Objective: Students will research information on states to find out if a state was part of the North or South during the Civil War. Students will use the WebQuest to complete assigned tasks. They wiil be able to defend their point of view whether pro- or anti-slavery by presenting a speech to the class. Students will create brochures to support their position and create a web using PicoMap to organize their prewriting ideas.

Time Allowance:

Description: Students will understand the causes for the Civil War


Classroom Component:

 

Introduction:

Prepare yourself for a trip back in time! The year is 1860. You are living in the United States of America. There is turmoil among the states over the issue of slavery. Are you for slavery or against it? You must be able to defend your point of view!

Group A: You are pro-slavery.

Group B: You are anti-slavery.

 

Background

  • Each student is a Congressman of a state in the United States in the year 1860.
  • Abraham Lincoln has requested that members of Congress write a speech to give their opinion on the issue of slavery.
  • These speeches will be presented to Congress by each Congressman at the assembly.
  • Each Congressman will be responsible for creating a brochure to hand out that explains his/her views on slavery.

 

Process:

Task I:

Students will connect to links to research information on the state to which they are assigned. Students will find information to convince others to change to their point of view. The links are as follows:

 

www.sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war

www.mce.k12tn.net/civil_war/north_south.htm

http://www.germantown.k12.il.us/html/CivilWar.html

www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/civil

Task II:

Students will prepare a tri-fold brochure that can be passed out at the Congressional assembly. The purpose of the brochure is to explain to others why the student is pro- or anti-slavery, and why other people should choose to rally with him/her.

Task III:

Students will create a web in PicoMap to brainstorm ideas for their speeches. Web will be turned in for a grade.

Task IV:

Students will write a speech using Word-to-Go. Written speech will be turned in for a grade.

Task V:

Students will give a speech to convince others to be pro- or anti-slavery.

 

 

 

Conclusion:

While slavery was not the only reason for the Civil War, it was an important piece of our history. We will never understand who we are until we have an idea of who we have been.

Think about the following questions and discuss with a friend:

How could this war have been prevented? Do you think the nation was stronger because of the war? Why or why not?

 

Scoring Guide

 

4-Excellent

3-Good

2-Lacking

1-Poor

Points Earned

Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

All grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct

Few mistakes are made.

Frequent mistakes are made.

No evidence of correct grammar, spelling, or punctuation.

 

Oral Presentation

Presenter used a clear voice that was easily heard.

Most of the time presenter used a clear voice that was easily heard.

Presenter was difficult to understand and hear.

Presenter was unclear and unable to be heard.

 

Creativity and Neatness of Brochure

Work is legible and neatly done. Work is presented in a colorful, creative, and organized manner.

Most work is legible, neatly done, and presented in a colorful, creative, and organized manner.

Work is legible but messy and difficult to read. Little creativity or organization are shown.

Work is not legible or neat. Little creativity or organization are shown.

 

Completion of assigned tasks

All tasks were completed and turned in on time.

All but one task were completed and turned in on time.

Project is missing many required tasks.

Assigned tasks were not completed.

 

 

 

 

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Introduction:

Prepare yourself for a trip back in time! The year is 1860. You are living in the United States of America. There is turmoil among the states over the issue of slavery. Are you for slavery or against it? You must be able to defend your point of view!

Group A: You are pro-slavery.

Group B: You are anti-slavery.

 

Background

  • Each student is a Congressman of a state in the United States in the year 1860.
  • Abraham Lincoln has requested that members of Congress write a speech to give their opinion on the issue of slavery.
  • These speeches will be presented to Congress by each Congressman at the assembly.
  • Each Congressman will be responsible for creating a brochure to hand out that explains his/her views on slavery.

 


Process:

Task I:

Students will connect to links to research information on the state to which they are assigned. Students will find information to convince others to change to their point of view. The links are as follows:

 

www.sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war

www.mce.k12tn.net/civil_war/north_south.htm

http://www.germantown.k12.il.us/html/CivilWar.html

www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/jb/civil

Task II:

Students will prepare a tri-fold brochure that can be passed out at the Congressional assembly. The purpose of the brochure is to explain to others why the student is pro- or anti-slavery, and why other people should choose to rally with him/her.

Task III:

Students will create a web in PicoMap to brainstorm ideas for their speeches. Web will be turned in for a grade.

Task IV:

Students will write a speech using Word-to-Go. Written speech will be turned in for a grade.

Task V:

Students will give a speech to convince others to be pro- or anti-slavery.

 

 


 

Conclusion:

While slavery was not the only reason for the Civil War, it was an important piece of our history. We will never understand who we are until we have an idea of who we have been.

Think about the following questions and discuss with a friend:

How could this war have been prevented? Do you think the nation was stronger because of the war? Why or why not?

 


Scoring Guide

 

4-Excellent

3-Good

2-Lacking

1-Poor

Points Earned

Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

All grammar, spelling, and punctuation correct

Few mistakes are made.

Frequent mistakes are made.

No evidence of correct grammar, spelling, or punctuation.

 

Oral Presentation

Presenter used a clear voice that was easily heard.

Most of the time presenter used a clear voice that was easily heard.

Presenter was difficult to understand and hear.

Presenter was unclear and unable to be heard.

 

Creativity and Neatness of Brochure

Work is legible and neatly done. Work is presented in a colorful, creative, and organized manner.

Most work is legible, neatly done, and presented in a colorful, creative, and organized manner.

Work is legible but messy and difficult to read. Little creativity or organization are shown.

Work is not legible or neat. Little creativity or organization are shown.

 

Completion of assigned tasks

All tasks were completed and turned in on time.

All but one task were completed and turned in on time.

Project is missing many required tasks.

Assigned tasks were not completed.

 

 

 


 

 

For additional information contact :
Melissa Goss
James Lewis Elem.
Blue Springs R-IV
(816) 224-1345
EMAIL:
mgoss@bssd.net

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