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#4059. Civil War

Social Studies, level: Middle
Posted Sun Nov 25 06:30:25 PST 2007 by Kristen Hurt (
Kosciuszko Middle School, Hamtramck MI
Concepts Taught: Outcomes/Effects of Civil War


Student Teacher's Name: Kristen Hurt Date: 11/22/07

Grade Level 7 Topic/Unit: Civil War School: Kosciuszko
District: Hamtramck
Students will take a journal entry they have written focusing on the end of the civil war and create an illustrated essay for a slightly younger audience using the five step writing process.


U5.2.2 ~ Make an argument to explain why the North won the Civil War
U5.2.5 ~ Construct generalizations about how the war affected combatants, civilians and the physical environment
U5.3.2 ~ Describe early responses to the end of the Civil War.

Learning Resources and Materials

Students will primarily be using their textbook "History Alive" Along with several other primary and secondary sources.

Development of Lesson

Students will activate prior knowledge by creating a list of reasons the North won the Civil War. They will also use their journal entries written earlier in the unit to describe and list early responses to the end of the civil war.

Using Inspiration, students and teacher will create a semantic map to help plan their final writing on the Civil War. Their final writing will consist of a thesis statement and three brief supporting paragraphs with illustrations.

Students will be placed in collaborative writing groups . Using their Inspiration created semantic maps, they will complete a rough draft on the overhead and the class will make corrections as a whole.

Students will add illustrations to further convey meaning to their text.


In order to accommodate special needs students, collaborative writing groups are formed. This way, students experiencing difficulty with the subject matter and writing process can be paired with another student achieving at their grade level.

The writing groups final project will be published as a whole piece. The collaborative efforet will be laminated and bound and maintained in the classroom's reading area.