Civil War Books. Want your students read historical fiction relating to the Civil War but don't know what books are out there? Would you like to help your students choose books based on their reading ability and Lexile scores but don't have the time to look that up yourself? This chart has helped my students choose a book that is just right for them so I hope this will help your students as well.
This product is a chart of 41 different books that pertain to the Civil War. Included in the chart is the book title, a picture of the book cover, the author's name, a brief summary of the book, and the Lexile rating of the book.
When I teach the Civil War, this is how we start our unit. I give each student this packet of books to choose from and have them pick their top 5 choices (in case we don't have any copies left of the one they want). Our librarian pulls all of the copies of each book off the shelves for me and onto a cart that I can bring into my classroom. I like teaching with a book this way because every student gets the freedom to choose what book they would like to read and can do so based on their strength as a reader. The reason I do it this way is because when we learn about the different people, places, and events throughout our Civil War unit the students will all be able to make some connection back to their story which helps with overall understanding.
The book titles are:
Across Five Aprils
Across The Lines
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee
Behind the Lines
The Brother’s War: Civil War Letters to Their Loved Ones from the Blue and the Gray
Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad
Get on Board, The Story of the Underground Railroad
The Glory Field
A House Divided: The Lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee
In My Father’s House
The Journal of Rufus Rowe: A Witness to the Battle of Fredericksburg
The Killer Angels
The Last Silk Dress
Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
Mine Eyes Have Seen
A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (not historical fiction, but can't be left off a reading choice about the Civil War)
Numbering All the Bones
Rebels Against Slavery
The Red Badge of Courage
Rifles for Waite
Shades of Gray
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
Stealing South: A Story of the Underground Railroad
To Be a Slave
Turn Homeward Hannalee
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Which Way Freedom?
With Every Drop of Blood
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