USF's WebQuest 

Title: The American Civil War Web quest

Author:  Mrs. Habeeb             

Date: March 21, 2005

Teacher's Page

Unit Summary Teacher's Resources Day 1 Lesson Day 2 Lesson
Day 3 Lesson Day 4 Lesson Day 5 Lesson Day 6 Lesson
Day 7 Lesson Conclusion Student's Web Quest  

                  

Unit Summary:

8th grade; 90 minute periods

Goals/Objectives:

1. Students will understand the entire event of the Civil War and its significance in history. 

2. Students will examine different aspects of the Civil War, such as male and female roles, cause and effect of the war, and so on.

3. Students will analyze the culture of the north and south by looking at their differences and similarities and how this is important to understanding the Civil War.

NCSS Theme:

Culture, Time, Continuity, and Change, and People, Places, and Environment
   

Days: 7

Content: 

The content of the American Civil War unit deals with the before, during and after of the event.  The content contains characteristics of the north and south, causes and effects of the Civil War, significant figures like Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the Confederacy, battles fought, the role of women and slaves during the war, the Emancipation Proclamation, abolition, Reconstruction, and more.  The unit will thoroughly go over different aspects and perspectives of the Civil War by using primary and secondary sources.


Methods:

Lectures, class discussions, cooperative learning activity, think-pair-share activity, K-W-L chart, Venn diagram, and semantic feature analysis

Web Quest  Summary:
Goals/Objectives:

1. Students will understand the various aspects and perspectives of the Civil War by searching  for and gathering information from websites provided in the web quest. 

2. Students will examine Civil War figures and events that they deem most important to be used in their diagram presentations by searching websites. 

3. Students will analyze facts and data that will be used in their outlines by going to various websites.

Days: 2-3

Content:

The content contains information on different aspects of the Civil War, such as important historical figures, events, and so on. The content deals with the most important facts and figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Douglass, the Union, the Confederacy, women, slaves, generals, soldiers, battles, and so on. This web quest will be done on the 5th and 6th day after students have learned everything about the Civil War, and will present their project on the last day of the unit plan.

Methods: Cooperative learning activity, website searching        

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Web-based Subject Matter Content

Civil War Clipart Gallery www.civilwarclipart.com

Civil War Women  http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/women/cwdocs.html
History World  www.historyworld.net
The History Channel  www.historychannel.com
PBS- The Civil War  www.pbs.org
CivilWarTraveler.com  www.civilwar-va.com
Civilwar.com www.civilwar.com
The Civil War Homepage www.civil-war.net
The Library of Congress www.loc.gov
Digital History www.digitalhistory.uh.edu

Web Pedagogy Content
Mirkwood- The American Civil War  http://mirkwood.ucs.indiana.edu/acw
Civil War Club  www.civilwarclub.com
The American Civil War  www.swcivilwar.com
United States Civil War  www.us-civilwar.com
The Civil War Archive  www.civilwararchive.com
Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia- American Civil War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
Valley of the Shadow http://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu
The History Place www.historyplace.com/civilwar
The Civil War www.teacheroz.com/civilwar.htm
From Revolution to Reconstruction...and what happened afterwards http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/ch6_p2.htm
Slavery in America www.slaveryinamerica.org

 Other Resources
  Handout of Civil War letter http://fredericksburg.com/CivilWar/Artifacts/Letters/page9.htm
  Shi, David Emory and George Brown Tindall. America: A Narrative History. W.W. Norton & Company: New York. 2000.
 
 


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention-getter: K-W-L chart Students will do only the first two parts (Know and Want to know) of the chart on the Civil War and leave the last column blank. Then the class will briefly go over what they wrote down in the columns. K-W-L chart handout
Short Lecture: Power Point Presentation Power Point presentation on the Civil War before it occurred. The lecture will cover the characteristics of the north and south, slavery, government, etc. Students will take notes. Power Point presentation
Homework: Reading and Definitions Students will be assigned to do reading from the textbook and definitions. Textbook

Definitions

     

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention-getter: Civil War letter The teacher will hand out a Civil War letter to the students, ask them to read it for a few minutes and then discuss it afterwards. The teacher will ask students who they think wrote it, what it's about, etc.  This will lead into today's lecture. Civil War letter
Short Lecture The teacher will give a small lecture on the causes and effects of the Civil War, important battles fought, significant figures in government and military and soldiers from both sides. Students will take notes.  
Think-Pair-Share activity Students will do a t-p-s activity involving a Venn diagram on the economic features of the north and south before the Civil War. Venn diagram handout
Homework: Reading and Definitions Students will do reading from the textbook and definitions. Textbook

Definitions

     
     

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Video-clip- "Gone with the Wind" Students will watch a short clip from the movie "Gone with the Wind" and then briefly discuss it afterwards (what happened, the scene's significance, etc.) "Gone with the Wind" movie
Short Lecture Lecture will be on historical female and slave figures, their roles during the war and significant events surrounding these figures that occurred during the war. Students will take notes.  
Homework: Map Activity Students will construct a map of America during the Civil War. It will have: the Northern and Southern states, important cities, and places where important battles were fought. Students are encouraged to be as colorful and creative as possible and will use their textbooks to draw their map. They will start on this in class and finish for homework. Textbook, paper (anything but loose leaf), markers, scissors, glue, etc.
     
     

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Short Lecture The teacher will do a final lecture on the outcome of the Civil War.  
Semantic Feature Analysis Students will do a semantic feature analysis on significant Civil War figures. Semantic Feature Analysis handout
Homework: Reading and Definitions Students will do reading from the textbook and definitions. Textbook

Definitions

     
     
     

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Cooperative Learning Activity: Web quest Students will do a web quest in groups of four on the Civil War. Web quest
     
     
     
     

Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Web quest Students will do web quest for the entire class and finish it by the end of class.  
     
     
     
     
     
     

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Group Presentations Groups will present their Civil War web quest projects.  
K-W-L Chart Students will finish the chart by filling in the last section entitled "Learn." Students will write down what they learned about the Civil War and then discuss as a class what they learned. K-W-L chart
     
     

 

Conclusion: After this unit is over, students will have gained a thorough understanding of the American Civil War. They will have understood its significance in American history and learned different aspects and perspectives such as Civil War heroes, women, slaves, economy, government, and so on.


 

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