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Title of Unit: The Civil War Title of Lesson: Chapter 13, Lesson 2- The Human Face of War Submitted

By: Caitlin and Julia

A. Summary of the Lesson Plan: This is the second lesson of chapter 13 in the second portion of a Civil War unit. Students will focus on how soldiers coped with camp life and how civilians on the home front coped with the war. Students will use the Houghton Mifflin 5th grade Social Studies textbook: United States History, pages 460-463 for this lesson. B. Target Population: Grade Level: 5th grade Skill Level: at grade level Grouping: whole group discussion, partner reading and independent work C. Materials: Houghton Mifflin 5th grade Social Studies textbook: United States History, pages 460-463 Social Studies journals Pencils Paper (construction or computer) Colored Pencils D. Objectives: o NV State Social Studies Standards o H 2.5.2- Describe issues of compromise and conflict within the United States

Student-Friendly Standards Students will describe conditions that soldiers faced during the Civil War. Students will explain how the war affected both soldiers and people on the home fronts.

E. Procedure: 1. Introduce lesson by asking students, Have you ever missed someone or waited for a card from a friend or family member? o Allow students to share their thoughts

2. Explain to students the connection of how missing someone is similar to what life was like to live during the Civil War. Soldiers and their families missed each others company all the time. 3. Ask students if they have any family members in the military now, living away from home. Have a brief discussion about what its like to miss them.

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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Title of Unit: The Civil War Title of Lesson: Chapter 13, Lesson 2- The Human Face of War Submitted By: Caitlin and Julia

4. Introduce vocabulary for this lesson. Students should write words and definitions in the vocabulary section of their Social Studies journals. Definitions are on page T460. o o o Camp Home front Civilian

5. Allow students to independently or pair read pages 460-463. 6. Have a group discussion about the pages read. Prompt students to think about the following questions. Students should table talk and share responses with the whole group. o o o What did soldiers do to fight boredom while away from home at camp? What things made the Civil War so deadly? Who did the Civil War affect and how?

7. Students will write a brief letter to a makeshift soldier away from home during the Civil War. o The letter should include information connect to the text and include information about what students learned about life during the Civil war. o Students should write about what is happening on the home front, how they hope their soldier will stay safe, and ideas for fighting boredom. 8. Students will also include with their letter illustrations of items they would send their soldier in a care package. o o Items need to be appropriate for the Civil War time period. (No technology or modern day items.) Illustrations will be done on computer or construction paper and included with their letters.

9. CLOSURE: Students will share their letters and illustrations with the class. They will explain why they included what they did and why they thought it was important. F. Assessment: What will you use to measure student understanding? Students will be assessed through informal assessment of their group discussions and letters to soldiers. Letters will be assessed based on completion, accuracy of information, connection to the text and proper formatting. Explain how you will know students understand the concepts from the lesson. I will know students understand the content from this lesson when they can accurately describe the lives of civilians on the home front and the soldiers at war.
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Title of Unit: The Civil War Title of Lesson: Chapter 13, Lesson 2- The Human Face of War Submitted By: Caitlin and Julia

G. Reflection: 1. Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest for you to teach? I think the easiest part of this lesson to teach will be the concept of missing someone. Students always have family members that dont live near them and miss them from time to time. This is something that is easy to connect to modern day. 2. Which part will be most challenging for you to teach? I think the most challenging part of teaching this lesson is going to be the concept that times were much different during the Civil war than they are today. Communication between soldiers and family members was not as easy as it is today. 3. How will you follow up or extend this lesson? We will frequently talk about the lives of soldiers throughout the remaining portion of this unit, and their lives will be brought up more. 4. What will you do for students who dont grasp the concepts? I will answer all questions and misconceptions students have about the lesson. If a section of reading needs to be re-taught, I will focus on that portion to work with students in small groups for understanding. 5. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? I also think this lesson could be spread into more than one day to allow students more time to work on their letters to their makeshift soldiers. They can always continue their letters during the writing block throughout the day. 6. When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? This lesson was fairly easy to write. I immediately thought about an activity that I thought would be fun for the students that made a direct connection to the text.

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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