Kick off your Civil War unit with this engaging activity! Students will explore vocabulary terms that are frequently used throughout the year in social studies class with a vocabulary log that requires them to connect definitions to kinesthetic movements. Then, students will travel back in time to the antebellum years. They will be assigned a role in either the North or South and attempt to embody their new character. On this journey, they will conduct internet research to learn more about their region prior to the start of the Civil War. As a final assignment, students will write a blog post from the viewpoint of their assigned persona. Additionally, they will read and reply to their peers’ posts.
This product includes the following items:
Vocabulary Cards (Two Options)
Research Chart (Two Options)
Descriptive Writing Activity and Worksheet
BONUS! “Fighting” – An original historical fiction text