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Lesson Plans (16) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (8) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Learning Activities (4) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (3)


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Subject: English Language Arts (4 - 5), or Social Studies (5)
Title: Going to War!
Description: In this 21st Century roleplay lesson, students use what they know about causes of the Civil War to have an educated discussion with another class.  By utilizing Skype, students and teachers collaborate with one another in an engaging historical scenario.


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Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5)
Title: The Effects of the Civil War
Description: Students will work in groups to research the causes of the Civil War, events during the war, and Reconstruction. They will compile their information into a multimedia presentation. They will use research to answer the essential question, "How did the events of the Civil War affect our society today?"


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Subject: Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: A Divided Nation
Description: Students will explore the sectional differences between the North and the South that ultimately led to the southern secession. Students will learn what is meant by secession and which states seceded, the country they formed, its capital, and whom they elected president. Students will create a PowerPoint Presentation, a brochure, and possibly a newsletter using computer software presenting information they have learned.


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Subject: English Language Arts (4), or Social Studies (4 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Underground Railroad
Description: The Underground Railroad of the 1800's inspired talented writers of all ages. This lesson will integrate some of these famous writings to encourage students to develop their questioning techniques for analysis of literature while furthering their knowledge of this era in American history. As an extension of this study, students will create a class quilt to illustrate the depth of their research.


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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Social Studies (5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Newscast on the Battles of the Ironclad Ships
Description: This lesson is on the ironclad ships and the battles that took place during the Civil War. Students will use the information from previous lessons to create a simulated newscast that takes place during an actual battle between ironclad ships.


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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Courage     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the values of courage and patriotism in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. They closely read Chapter 23 and compare it with a more traditional tale of combat and a systematic look at an early reviewer's accusations. Using their new understanding, students are asked to select one of three published endings to The Red Badge of Courage best suited to their understanding of Crane's exploration of values in the novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Realism     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare specific excerpts from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage to first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, in text and images. They also list elements of Crane's style that contribute to the novel's realism. To conclude, they create a first-person account that employs the basic stylistic characteristics of The Red Badge of Courage.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Critical Ways of Seeing ''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'' in Context     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, asks students to combine Internet historical research with critical reading. They then produce several writing assignments exploring what readers see in Huckleberry Finn and why they see it that way.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: Quilting: The Story of the Underground Railroad     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students use the Internet to research the dangers that escaping slaves faced along the Underground Railroad and the factors that helped the slaves make it to freedom. They conclude by designing quilts describing what they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Escaping Slavery: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt      
Description: Students read Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, create a problems/solutions/events chart, and create a map with a key, compass, and landmarks surrounding their home and school.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Using Historical Fiction to Learn About the Civil War     
Description: Students in grades 4 and 5 discuss inferential comprehension and visualization as they use a think-aloud questioning strategy to develop a deeper understanding of a historical novel.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Engaging Students in a Collaborative Exploration of the Gettysburg Address     
Description: In small groups, students closely examine one sentence from the Gettysburg Address and create a multigenre project communicating what they have discovered about the meaning and significance of the text.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: We Must Not Be Enemies: Lincoln's First Inaugural Address     
Description: The focus for this six-lesson EDSITEment unit is on the address given by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration as U.S. President. His address reflected contemporary events and set the tone for his presidency. This series of lessons aims to help students to understand the historical context and significance of Lincoln's inaugural address through archival documents such as campaign posters, sheet music, vintage photographs and documents. Students also learn how to apply this historical research process to the interpretation of any President's inaugural address.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: Free at last, free at last! : Slavery during the Civil War
Digital Tool: The Underground Railroad
Digital Tool Description: This interactive website allows the students in your class to follow Harriet Tubman through her journey of the Underground Railroad and her escape to freedom. It also allows you to find out different important facts about the places she went through such as Camden, Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Title: Causes of the Civil War
Digital Tool: Xtranormal Video
Digital Tool Description: The Xtranormal video depicts a discussion about the causes of the U.S. Civil War between Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln. Both presidents are represented by cartoon avatars that resemble each president. **Because the video is from YouTube, instructions for how to address potential school site Internet blockages are listed in the "Advanced Preparation" section of this page.


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Title: Flight to Freedom: the Underground Railroad
Digital Tool: Mission US 2: Flight to Freedom role-playing game
Digital Tool Description: Mission US provides an interactive role-playing game that is available for streaming or download. The game to be used is Mission 2: "Flight to Freedom". The player assumes the role of a slave and journeys to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The player makes choices, has conversations with characters, and learns about life on a Southern plantation and the struggle for freedom for slaves.


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Lesson Plans


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The Civil War Through a Child's Eye
http://www.loc.gov/t...
"The Civil War Through a Child's Eye" is a comprehensive project-based lesson plan where students work as historians to examine and analyze images from the Library of Congress.

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Travel the Underground Railroad: Escape to Freedom
http://teacher.schol...
This site is packed full of teacher materials and student activities to help students travel the Underground Railroad and step back in time.

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Underground Railroad
http://www.create.ce...
This is a short lesson that allows students to experience a journey along the Underground Railroad through the use of an interactive Web site. Students will use this Web site to also research the history of slavery in the United States as well as the people who helped bring it to an end through the abolition movement.

Informational Materials


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The Civil War Through a Child's Eye
http://www.loc.gov/t...
"The Civil War Through a Child's Eye" is a comprehensive project-based lesson plan where students work as historians to examine and analyze images from the Library of Congress.

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Travel the Underground Railroad: Escape to Freedom
http://teacher.schol...
This site is packed full of teacher materials and student activities to help students travel the Underground Railroad and step back in time.

Learning Activities


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Choose Your Side!
http://www.nps.gov/w...
Interactive program that gives information on the Civil War and allows the students to choose a side, either Confederate or Union. It gives a certificate where they can enter their name and enlist. They will be able to follow the journey of those soldiers

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Travel the Underground Railroad: Escape to Freedom
http://teacher.schol...
This site is packed full of teacher materials and student activities to help students travel the Underground Railroad and step back in time.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863.     
Description: Students practice the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone, identifying important parts of the Gettysburg Address and comparing it with John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Celebrate Juneteenth!     
Description: Students use the Venn Diagram to compare Juneteenth celebrations to Fourth of July celebrations and hypothesize about the differences.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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