Lesson Plan

Middle School Lesson Plan, "War Correspondent Activity"

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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


Students 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.