Middle School Lesson Plan, "War Correspondent Activity"
- Grade Level:
- Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
- Civil War, History
- Three Class Periods
- Group Size:
- Up to 36 (6-12 breakout groups)
- National/State Standards:
- Common Core Standards, English Language Arts Standards, History/Social Studies, http://www.corestandards.org/ELALiteracy/RH/6-8.
National Center for History in Schools, UCLA, United States Era 5, Civil War and Reconstruction
OverviewStudents will assume the role of war correspondents and gather facts about the battle through utilizing primary and secondary sources. Using these sources, students will learn about the Battle of Antietam and then write and illustrate a period newspaper.
Students will be able to:
-Identify the turning points of the war and evaluate how political, military, and diplomatic leadership affected the outcome of the conflict.
-Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.