Are you studying the Civil War with your students? Would you like your students to dig a little deeper and do some Civil War research of their own? If so, the Civil War People & Events Research Project will engage your students in deep and thoughtful research and reflection.
This is a step-by-step & scaffolded research project. The entire project can be handed out to students on day one, so that they can follow the steps and move along at their own pace. All necessary project components and graphic organizers are included in this packet.
The project is framed by the essential question: How can one person or event impact history? Students choose one person or event from Civil War history to research (all topic options are included in packet). To begin, students are challenged to do a quick search of a teacher-assigned topic and then share those findings with the class. From there, they narrow down their topic choices and then work with the teacher to select their final topic. Students must generate open-ended research questions, take notes in Cornell note-taking format, cite sources and create an annotated bibliography, and look back at their research in order to reflect on what they've learned. Finally, they must interpret their research by creating a tech-savvy presentation to share with the class. The rubric for every aspect of research is included.
We have used this project with 8th graders studying Georgia history, but it can certainly be modified for other grade levels, as well. To conduct their research and gather information, students use computers with Internet access, library books, magazines and encyclopedias.
We hope you have fun with this project. Over the years, our students have impressed us with thoughtful reflections on the people and events of the Civil War. We believe your students will do the same!