Summary Of Civil War Lesson Plan

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This lesson plan spans over a four week period and has the students working in literary circles to learn about the Civil War. The students are broken up into groups of four, and each group of four is assigned a historical fiction novel about the causes, people, and battles of the Civil War. Once the groups have been formed, the members of the group will decide how many pages or chapters they need to read each week in order to finish the novel at the end of four weeks. Each member of the literacy circle (group) has an individual role that they play every week, the roles switch on a weekly basis. The four roles are as follows: the story summarizer, whose job is to write a short summary about the assigned reading section; the word wizard,
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The secondary sourced used would be both the resources the teacher used when discussing the material in his or her lectures, as well as the students’ novels. The letters that the students will be analyzing near the end of the unit are considered primary sources. I also love the fact that this lesson plan includes literacy circles, because many students do not like reading simply because they have not had enough practice. I would imagine that even though these novels are about the Civil War that because they are historical fiction, the students would get captured in the story and not even realize that they are learning about the Civil War, and possibly come to enjoy reading. The jobs that each individual is assigned within their literacy group is a wonderful idea because it allows the students to dig deeper into the story and pull out the historically accurate facts from their fictional novel and make connections with the teachers lessons. Another piece of this lesson that I thought was very well thought out was the assigned discussion days. The discussions that happen amongst a group will be very beneficial to the students of that group; however, sharing that same information with the rest of the class allows each student to hear about the different books, not only increasing their knowledge on the topic of the Civil War, but

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