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Civil War Text Set

texts to introduce 5th grade students to the Civil War
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Karen Bolick

on 28 January 2013

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Growing up in the Civil War Damon, D. (2003). Growing up in the Civil War, 1861 - 1865. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Co. The Standards NC Essential Standards The Process Mapping Slavery in the United States Allen, E. (2012, October 31). Mapping slavery. Retrieved from http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2012/10/mapping-slavery/ Secession Pascal, J. B. (2008). Who was Abraham Lincoln? New York, NY: Grosset & Dunlap. 5th Grade Text Set An Introduction to the Civil War Grade 5 – Social Studies
5.H.1.3 Analyze the impact of major conflicts, battles and wars on the development of our nation through Reconstruction. According to the Unpacking Standards published by the NC DPI, this objective means that the students will understand that “Conflict and/or war may influence a nation’s political, social, and economic development” and will know “Social issues that were a source of conflict and how those issues impacted the development of the United States through Reconstruction.” Common Core CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described. I researched the Civil War by using Google, Amazon, the TRC at Joyner Library, and the Caldwell County Public library. I wanted to give the students an understanding of the culture of the United States at the time of the war. Some of the texts I selected were told from the standpoint of a child. I hoped this would engage the students and help them see the Civil War from a new perspective. This book is written from the viewpoint of children who lived during the Civil War. The chapters tell of children who worked, fought, and participated in the conflict in other ways. The factual accounts will provide the students with the opportunity to read non-fiction geared toward their interests. This site, maintained by the Library of Congress, explains the 1861 map of the concentration of slavery as determined by the 1860 census. I think the widespread distribution of slavery is important for students to see since the concept of slavery is so foreign. Students will gain experience navigating a website as well as skills in assessing the validity of information presented on the web. Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation Sherman, P. (2010). Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's Books for Young Readers. Even though it is illegal for slaves to read, Ben has been taught by his father. While in a slave prison, Ben reads about President Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation in the newspaper. This historical fiction picture book will provide the students with a slave's perspective of the Civil War and insight into what freedom means to the slaves. If You ... Kamma, A. (2004). If you lived when there was slavery in America. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. ...Lived When There Was Slavery In America ...Lived at the Time of the Civil War Moore, K. (1994). If you lived at the time of the Civil War. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. ...Traveled on the Underground Railroad Levine, E. (1988). If you traveled on the Underground Railroad. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc. This series of books gives students the inside track on what life would have been like for people at the time of the Civil War. The students will be given accurate historical data intertwined with anecdotes of everyday life for the people of this time. North Carolina History Project. "Secession." Retrieved from http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/commentary/52/entry The website for the North Carolina History Project will provide the students with accurate historical facts about North Carolina's involvement in the Civil War. Careful reading through the Secession page will inform the students that North Carolina did not include Lincoln on the 1860 ballot among other little known facts. Who Was Abraham Lincoln? This biography of the sixteenth president is written in a style that appeals to students in the upper elementary grades. Dozens of detailed drawings and maps are interspersed with facts and anecdotes from Lincoln's life. Students will love to learn that Lincoln sometimes attended a "blab" school while growing up (so named because the students all recited their lessons aloud and the teacher tried to listen to them all at once!), and that he attended for less than a year all together! All of the texts are suitable for a fifth grade classroom. Non-fiction books are chosen at a slightly lower grade level to ensure comprehension. Reading level is estimated at 4th grade. These books are approximately mid-third grade reading level This book is appropriate for those reading at a fourth grade level and up. This book is written at a fourth grade level.
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