WebQuest

Save the Civil War!

Process

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 This section will explain how your TEAM will create an excellent and compelling display.  There are three roles in the process.  Each member of your TEAM will assume one role.  Choose the role in which you are most interested.  Follow the steps below to accurately complete your display.

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1)    Meet with your assigned TEAM.  Each group will consist of six students. Read over the ROLES to choose from.  Once you and your group members have discussed the roles, each member should assume one role.  There will be two students in each role.  Descriptions of the roles are below:


   Role 1:  The Civil War Experts: This role involves looking at the division between the states, Confederate and Union, and learning about the Typical Soldier.


   Role 2:  Soldiers:  This role explores some of the letters written by both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. 


   Role 3:  Women: This role involves looking at the lives of important women on the home-front during the Civil War.

 

2)  Next, every member of the TEAM needs to watch the Civil War Movie Clip.         Civil War Movie Clip

 

3)  Now that you have some background on the Civil War, each individual group member should complete the steps listed under their chosen role. 
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                                       CIVIL WAR EXPERTS


Role 1:  The Civil War Expert:   You and your partner will become experts on the differences between the Confederate States and the Union States.  You will learn about the Typical Soldiers who fought in the Civil War.  

 

Step A:   Now that you have a little background on the Civil War, you need to choose a side to represent: Confederate or Union.  Once you have decided, use the appropriate links to research your topic.  Excellent information can also be found within your textbook and other library resources! Use the "Civil War Expert" worksheet to record your information.  This document can be found in the "War Documents" at the bottom of the page. 

     Confederate States:    Johnny Reb
                  Civil War for Kids
                  War Geography Map

 

     Union States:    Billy Yank
                    Civil War for Kids
                   War Geography Map

 

 

Step B:  Now that you and your partner are experts on the opposing sides of the Civil War you are ready to create your part of the display to be shown to the Presidential Social Studies Committee!  Make sure to include all of the following components:

            1)  Each student needs to create a map do display their "sides" states: Confederate or Union.  You will do this by downloading and printing the map in the link below.  Be sure to create a map key.  You need to label and color the states included in the Confederacy or Union.
                                United States Map

 

            2)  Typical Soldier Description:  You need to compose a description of your Typical Soldier (Johnny Reb or Billy Yank).  Use the information gathered on your worksheet to help write your description.  The more information you provide in your description, the better the Committee will be able to learn about the typical soldier and their life.  Your description should be at least 1/2 a page in length.

 

            3)  Photograph of Typical Soldier:  You need to provide a picture of your Typical Soldier (Confederate or Union).  These may be hand-drawn and colored, or printed from an internet source.  If you download a photo from the internet, BE SURE to include the web address or name of the photographer, if available, from where you obtained it to give credit to the rightful person!

 

Step C:   When you meet with your TEAM, you will use your created artifacts to design a Civil War Display.  You and your partner’s information will be displayed on the same side of the display.  More information about completing the TEAM display is found AFTER the Role Descriptions.

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                                                  SOLDIERS

 

Role 2:  Soldiers:   You and your partner will become experts on the conditions in which the soldiers of the Civil War fought.  During the Civil War many soldiers wrote letters about life in the War and the hardships they had to endure.  These letters, from Confederate and Union soldiers, provide a unique insight into the battles of the Civil War.
 
Step A:   You and your partner need to decide which side you will represent: Confederate or Union.  One student needs to research the Confederate soldiers’ letters and the other needs to research the Union soldiers’ letters.  
 
Step B:   After deciding on which soldier you are researching, visit the following Web Sites to become an expert about your chosen Civil War soldier.  Excellent information can also be found within your textbook and other library resources!  While researching on the internet, use the “Civil War Soldier” worksheet to record your information.  This document can be downloaded from the “War Worksheets” at the bottom of the page.
 
 
Civil War Soldier WEBSITES:
    Confederate Soldiers:    

 Soldiers' Letters
Camp Life: Civil War Exhibits 
Confederate Soldier's Letters

   Union Soldiers:  
Soldiers' Letters
Camp Life: Civil War Exhibits 
Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War  


Step C:   Now that you and your partner are experts on the conditions of Civil War soldiers, use the information you gathered to compose a personal letter from your soldier to a family member.  You should take on the perspective of your soldier, pretending you are in their shoes during the Civil War.  Be sure to include ALL of the following components within your letter:

         LETTER REQUIREMENTS:
• 1 full page in length
• Be addressed to a family member
• Discuss your living conditions, food, weapons, fighting, location, feelings about home, feelings about the war...
 

To enhance the “authenticity” of your letter, and to earn more points, make it look as though it were actually written during the war. Some characteristics that it might possess are:
• Handwritten in black ink
• Written on unlined paper or stationery
• In an envelope with the name and address of the person back home
• “Battle worn” or crumpled from being in your pocket and from getting wet
• Tea-stained
• Decorated with drawings.

 

The more information you provide in your letter...the better we can understand your soldier's perspective...

 

Step D:   When you meet with your TEAM, you will use your created artifacts to design a Civil War Display.  You and your partner’s information will be displayed on the same side of the display.  More information about completing the TEAM display is found AFTER the Role Descriptions.
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                                                     WOMEN

Role 3:  Women:  You and your partner will become experts on two very important women who lived during the Civil War.


  * Clara Barton (Nurse)   * Rose O’Neal Greenhow  (Spy)
 


Step A:    You and your partner need to choose which lady you would like conduct your research on.  Once you have discussed and decided which Civil War woman each will learn about proceed to Step B.
 
Step B:   After deciding on which lady you are researching visit the following Web Sites to become an expert about your chosen Civil War woman.  Excellent information can also be found within your textbook and other library resources!  While researching on the internet, use the “Civil War Women” worksheet to record your information.  This document can be downloaded from the “War Worksheets” document at the bottom of the page.
 
               Civil War Women WEBSITES:
                      Clara Barton:

Civil War Nurse
Who was Clara Barton?

 


                      Rose O’Neal Greenhow:  

Civil War Spy
Who was Rose O'Neal Greenhow?

 


Step C:   Now that you are experts on Clara Barton and Rose O’Neal Greenhow, use the information you gathered to design a display featuring the importance of your lady.  Be sure to include ALL of the following components:

 

       1) Biography about you Civil War lady:  This biography needs to be at least one page in length.  

                Information to include: 

                           -Your Lady's name

                           -Date of Birth and Date of Death

                           -Location of Childhood or places she had lived while growing up

                           -Occupation (Nurse or Spy)  Be SURE to include a good description of the job your lady held (what they did, were they paid, was it dangerous...etc).

                           -What important influences did they have on the Civil War or organizations?

       2) Photograph:  Please locate and download a photograph or two of your chosen Civil War lady.  Be sure to write on the photograph where you obtained it and the photographer, if available, to give them credit for their work!

 

 Step D:   When you meet with your TEAM, you will use your created artifacts to design a Civil War Display.  You and your partner’s information will be displayed on the same side of the display.  More information about completing the TEAM display is found AFTER the Role Descriptions.

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                                           TEAM DISPLAY

3)  When all of your individual steps have been completed, your TEAM should come back together to prepare the display for the Presidential Social Studies Committee. 

4)  Creating your display.  Each TEAM will be given a display board.  Together, work to create an interesting display of the Civil War artifacts you have created.  Don't forget to add pictures and any other information or items that will make your display unique and stand-out!  An example of a display is fount in the "Project Display" file at the bottom of the page.  If you have any questions, just ask!

Be creative.  Be organized.  Be extraordinary! 

5)  Once your TEAM completed your display board, make sure ALL of your names are on the back of the board.

6)  FINAL ASSIGNMENT FROM COMMITTEE:
         In a final attempt to understand the importance of the Civil War, the Presidential Social Studies Committee has requested a reflection from each TEAM MEMBER.  Their guidelines are as follows:

REFLECTION: 
     Think about the role you chose to research.  Write a reflection about how you would feel if you were that person DURING the Civil War.  Would you have been in support of the war?  Why or why not?  Discuss your thoughts and feelings about what your life would have been like to be a nurse, spy, or soldier.  Would you have wanted to live during this time period in American history?  Be creative and honest in your reflection.  This assignment should be at least 1 page in length.

7)  Turn in your display.  Collect all of the research your TEAM collected, including the reflections, and place them in your TEAM folder, and turn it in to the teacher.

 

 

 

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