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Civil War Resources

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One of the challenges of teaching history is that certain topics and time periods are pushed to the end of the school year. One such time period occurs in curriculum which splits American history into two years (usually 7th and 9th grades). At the end of the first year, teachers have to scramble to cover the American Civil War, a time period that deserves quality instruction and resources. Today, we’ll share with you a few of those important online resources for teaching the American Civil War.

WebQuests: The following WebQuests are a great way to get students actively engaging the content with a twist on traditional research projects.

  • Civil War Museum – This webquest allows the students to research aspects revolving around the Civil War as well as how to effectively compile it into a museum structure.
  • The South will Rise Again – This WebQuest is a depiction of troop movements during the Battle of Gettysburg. Students are to recreate the Battle of Gettysburg and create alternative movements of the battalions to make the South win the war. Students must know who commanded what unit with how many soldiers they were in charge of. Students must take in to consideration the topigraphical and land formations in the battle grounds.
  • Letters from the Civil War – This WebQuest involves students taking roles as a Union or Confederate soldier during the Civil War. They are writing letters to each other telling about their wartime experiences.
  • A Nation Divided – It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has assigned you a very important job. In hopes of showing future generations how life was different during the Civil War, he has asked that you document this tragic time in history. You will be asked to document the places and people you come into contact with by creating a scrapbook of your journey. It is your task to show how this great nation was once a divided nation. Now to begin your journey….

Civil War Lesson Resources:

Other Civil War Resource Links:

General Social Studies Resources

What resources have you turned to when teaching the Civil War? What’s your unique approach to teaching this topic? What are some other topics that land at the end of the year that we should cover?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center. H/T to eMINTS staff Ruth Henslee, Jen Foster, and Michelle Kendrick for helping to gather these resources.

Friday 4ALL: Prezi and NCSS presentation, Moodle in an elementary school classroom

A short time ago I was asked if I wanted to co-author an article for Social Studies and the Young Learner and I jumped at the opportunity. I had never been asked to write for a publication so I was quite nervous about the whole thing. I then learned that I needed to present at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in Denver, Co. I had presented before but not at this level.

I have been using Moodle in a 3rd grade classroom for many years and in a (3) college town that trains educators in local schools, word got around about my site. A professor from the University of Missouri, Linda Bennett, contacted me because of the work I was doing with online learning. Over the course of a few months we figured out what I wanted to share and say, and I went to work on creating a presentation for the national conference.

I presented on using technology to integrate social studies into the elementary classroom. I had a great unit already developed and it had been through testing and revisions for a few years. I wanted to be able to present my lesson in an interesting way. I had heard about Prezi, but never given it a try. I really enjoyed using Prezi and my presentation went over well. Well enough to get an invite to the NCSS Technology Committee.

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If you are interested in social studies, elementary education, Moodle, or educational technology, I believe you will find this an interesting article. The article helps the presentation by giving it some voice. I welcome your thoughts. [Link]

William Cunningham was a teacher here in Columbia, MO but is making the transition to more tech-centric pursuits.