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Rats in a Cage Readers' Theatre

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies

In Rats in a Cage! students will learn about the mid-September 1862 Battle/Siege of Harpers Ferry through a dramatic representation.  Using the provided script, students will assume the roles of some of the most important Union and Confederate soldiers, and some civilians, during that event. Through this Readers’ Theater, students will not only learn about that important battle but also find out how their regiment, the 126th New York Infantry, did in its first experience under fire. Finally, they will discover what happened to their regiment as a result of that battle/siege.


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Last updated: January 19, 2018