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Allow your students to discover more about the BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG using this Primary Source activity.
Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.
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DESCRIPTION: The map simultaneously depicts all the three days of battle (July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd). Each day is coded with different colors for the Federal and Confederate troops, as indicated in the lower-left margin. Corps badges indicate the division of troops and the commanders of each, while numbers preceding corps badges denote the different Federal Brigades. Beneath many names, the artist indicates status in the battle: "Col. Vincent (killed)," for instance, "Hood's Div. (wounded)," etc. Also included are such granular details as taverns, fences, houses (and which particular family inhabited them), schools, mills, etc.
This cross curricular, differentiated activity is designed to reach the varying learning levels of all students by allowing them to respond to the primary source and choose the questions they would like to answer.