AMERICA: THE STORY OF US - EPISODE 5: CIVIL WAR
THIS WORKSHEET SET INCLUDES TWO VERSIONS OF FILL-IN-THE-BLANK VIDEO NOTES FOR EPISODE 5 OF THE EPIC SERIES AMERICA: THE STORY OF US. THE FIRST VERSION IS LONGER, WITH 50 QUESTIONS, COVERS MAIN IDEAS AND SPECIFIC DETAILS, AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INDEPENDENTLY AND PAUSE WHEN NEEDED. THE SHORTENED VERSION HAS 38 QUESTIONS AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE WORKSHEETS ARE SEPARATED INTO SEGMENTS AND TIME STAMPED, SO TEACHERS CAN CHOOSE TO SHOW THE WHOLE VIDEO OR SIMPLY A SECTION RELATED TO THEIR CURICULUM. THE SET ALSO INLCUDES, IN ORDER, AN ANSWER KEY.
50 Question worksheet. 38 Question worksheet.
Do you want to show the History Channel's amazing video series, AMERICA: THE STORY OF US, EPISODE 5: CIVIL WAR, but are afraid your students will become bored or stray off-task? Fear no more! This worksheet will keep students engaged, on-task, and increase their comprehension of the series. While watching the video, students will complete a series of fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and short answer questions. All questions follow the video in order. An answer key is included.
EPISODE SUMMARY FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL:
America reached a crossroads as the Civil War intensified. Strict discipline and advances such as the minie ball bullet have welded General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army into a formidable force. Lee’s victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August of 1862 leads him to within 20 miles of Washington and President Abraham Lincoln realizes that the Union could lose the war.
But the tide turns during a series of pivotal events that advance the Union forces. Following the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest ever on American soil, Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing slaves forever; former slaves join the Union army in droves. With the help of the telegraph and President Lincoln’s unwavering attention to the tactics of battle, the industrial capacity of the North is harnessed.
The Battle at Gettysburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea are among key turning points leading to Union victory. The industrial might which sees the Union prevail now leaves America poised to expand its reach across North America and take the stage as a world power.
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