Engaging With History in the Classroom
The Civil War (Grades 6-8)
Engaging With History in the Classroom: The Civil War is the second in a series of middle-grade U.S. history units that focus on what it means to be an American citizen, living in a democracy that expects as much from its citizens as it provides to them. In every lesson, students are asked to step into the world of 19th-century America, to hear about and to see what was happening, to read the words of real people and to imagine their hopes, dreams, and feelings. Students also learn to question the accounts left behind and to recognize different perspectives on events that divided the nation but resulted in progress in the path to liberty for all. Resources for teachers include a running script useful as a model for guiding conceptualization as well as extensive teacher notes with practical suggestion for personalizing activities.
Table of Contents
Unit Overview Lesson 1 What Do You Know About the Civil War? Lesson 2 How Did Differences Between North and South Lead to Civil War? Lesson 3 The Issue of Slavery: Is Compromise the Answer? Lesson 4 How Was Citizenship Defined in 1860? Lesson 5 Should Dred Scot Be Free? Lesson 6 Should the South Secede From the Union? Lesson 7 From Fort Sumter to Appomattox: How Did the War Progress? Lesson 8 Who Was Freed by the Emancipation Proclamation? Lesson 9 What Is the Historical Significance of Gettysburg? Lesson 10 What Was Daily Life Like During the Civil War? Lesson 11 What If You Lived During the Civil War? Lesson 12 What Have We Learned About the Civil War? References Appendix A: Concept Development Strategies About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment
Janice I. Robbins, Ph.D., is an instructor in gifted education at the College of William and Mary. She was formerly Curriculum Chief for the Department of Defense Schools worldwide as well as a district gifted coordinator, principal, and teacher.
Carol L. Tieso, Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and an associate professor of gifted education at the College of William and Mary. Additionally, she teaches graduate courses in gifted education and research design.
. . . For a new teacher without any curriculum options at his or her disposal, this is an incredibly rich resource. For a teacher with an existing curriculum, it is useful as well—one in which the teacher can “choose their own adventure,” picking from some well-thought-out course material, deciding what offerings best supplement their current content in the classroom and what suits their teaching style and objectives . . . . Overall, this is an extremely worthwhile tool for United States History teachers to have on the actual or virtual bookshelf. The four-book series can be used by any teacher, regardless of where they are in their career, to enhance their curriculum.,Jody Passanisi, Shara Peters ,MiddleWeb, 4/5/15
Primary sources and authentic artifacts enhance history lessons and help to create inviting learning environments for students while developing in-depth conceptual knowledge. Janice I. Robbins and Carol L. Tieso present a series of four books that entice middle school students to explore . . . The books are replete with lessons, handouts, and thorough instructions for teachers to build knowledge and perspective in their classroom while following history curriculum standards.,Gifted Child Today, 12/17/15