Civil War Debate and Primary Sources

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Civil War with QR Codes – Key Events During the Civil War

Allow your students to explore the key events of the Civil War with QR Codes. Your students will analyze the essential question “Which would inspire you to fight harder - fighting for your home or fighting for your country?” through primary sources images and video clips.

Students will begin this lesson with a hook where they discuss the essential question. Your students will analyze primary source images about the specific events during the Civil War and then they will use QR Codes to watch a video and answer questions. Your students can use their smart phones and headsets for this portion of the activity. After watching the video and discussing questions with a partner, they will annotate a map with the key events of the Civil War. Students complete the activity by creating a spectrum answering the question – What event in the Civil War made the most difference in the outcome?

A preview, graphically organized notes and a processing assignment are included in this activity - perfect for your Interactive Notebook!

This activity will support your ELL students through the use of images and video clips.

When you purchase this activity, you will receive:

-a lesson plan,

-a PowerPoint Presentation on
on “The Key Events of the Civil War” which include The First Battle of Bull Run, The Battle of Antietam, The Blockade, The Emancipation Proclamation, The Battle of Gettysburg, The Gettysburg Address, The 54th Massachusetts Regiment, The Siege of Vicksburg, Sherman’s March, and the Surrender at Appomattox Court House,

-A PDF Presentation,

-9 pages of QR Codes leading to video clips and readings,

-Discussion questions embedded into the activity,

-a script to guide you through the lesson, and

-image analysis questions.

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