Mrs. Donn's Lesson Plan
Time Frame: 1 day, 55 minute period
Grade Level: Written for Grades 5-12, can easily be adapted for any grade
Positioning: This lesson can be taught at any time during your study of the Civil War, but works extremely well as a transitional lesson, positioned between events leading up to the war, and your opening lesson on the war.
Background: Students have already studied events leading up to the Civil War.
Preparation: Copies of letters for classroom distribution and for use with the overhead.
Part One: Class Activity
Put the first letter (June 1862) on the overhead.
Ask your students: What can you learn about geography, daily life, and historical events from this letter?
Read letter aloud.
Have students tell you what they find.
Part Two: Group Activity
Break your students into groups of 3 students per group
Put the second letter (September 1862) on the overhead.
Additionally, hand each group a copy of the second letter
Have them get out a piece of paper and create three columns. Columns are headed Geography, Daily Life, and Historical Events
Have each group find pertinent information and write it down (under appropriate category)
Give them some time.
Have each group share what they found with the class.