ALEX Lesson Plan


Collaborative Project on the Civil War

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Author:Colleen Laymon
System: Huntsville City
School: Roger B Chaffee Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 16861


Collaborative Project on the Civil War


During this lesson two or more schools will work together using distance learning to investigate and share their community's involvement in the Civil War.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (3-5)
2. Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.
  • Using navigational features commonly found in technology applications
  • Identifying digital file types
  • TC2 (3-5)
    5. Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.
    Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites
    TC2 (3-5)
    6. Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.
    Examples: social—developing positive attitudes for using technology collaboratively
    ethical—citing sources of text and digital content, avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
  • Describing the global nature of the Internet
  • Following local acceptable-use policies regarding technology
  • Identifying intrusive applications, including worms, viruses, spyware, and pop-up advertisements
  • TC2 (3-5)
    8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries
  • Using technology tools to organize information
  • Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
  • Example: keyword search
  • Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
  • TC2 (3-5)
    10. Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.
    Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts
  • Producing digital works collaboratively
  • Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects
    SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    7. Explain reasons for Alabama's secession from the Union, including sectionalism, slavery, states' rights, and economic disagreements.
  • Identifying Alabama's role in the organization of the Confederacy, including hosting the secession convention and the inauguration ceremony for leaders
  • Recognizing Montgomery as the first capital of the Confederacy
  • Interpreting the Articles of the Confederation and the Gettysburg Address
  • SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    8. Explain Alabama's economic and military role during the Civil War.
    Examples: economic—production of iron products, munitions, textiles, and ships
    military—provision of military supplies through the Port of Mobile, provision of an armament center at Selma
  • Recognizing military leaders from Alabama during the Civil War
  • Comparing roles of women on the home front and the battlefront during and after the Civil War
  • Explaining economic conditions as a result of the Civil War, including the collapse of the economic structure, destruction of the transportation infrastructure, and high casualty rates
  • Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will describe the role and support of their community in the Civil War and how human lives were impacted.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:


    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computers with Internet access
    Presentation software
    Two way (voice and video) distance learning camera (Polycom, Tandberg, or desktop camera) capable of connecting either by ISDN or IP
    Video Projector or large computer monitor
    External speakers if volume is not loud enough for the class to hear
    Bridging services if equipment is ISDN (H.320) or if connecting multiple classrooms


    The teacher must have background knowledge in assisting students in Internet research, the use of distance learning equipment, and presentation software.

    1.)Begin the lesson by asking students to share their knowledge of the Civil War. Explain how Alabama was involved in the war. Tell students that they will be researching their community's involvement and resources provided during the Civil War. Let them know that they will be sharing their findings with a class from another community in Alabama.

    2.)Give students a copy of the research goals (see attached) before allowing them to search for information about the Civil War. This will be a guide for students.

    3.)Instruct students to begin researching their community's history by searching Google. The teacher may want to contact the local community librarian to assist in the search for information.

    4.)Allow students plenty of time to find information. Give them the resource sheet attached to record their findings.

    5.)Once students have located their information, have them use the attached template to create a presentation of their findings.

    6.)After the class has completed the slideshow, allow each student to present his/her findings. Once all students have finished, work as a group to create one presentations to present to the other school's class.

    7.)Set up a videoconference to share presentations. Allow students to ask questions and answer questions the other school may have about their community.

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    Assessment Strategies

    Students will be assessed on their slideshow presentations using the attached rubric.





    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.