State curriculum standards require students to understand how to glean information from a primary source - or seminal documents. This lesson plan is a great way to introduce how to students how to "read between the lines" to do just that.
This lesson includes steps on how to take a letter written by a solider in the war between the states and find information that is not necessarily written but can be implied. By the end of this lesson students will be able to tell more about this soldier's personal and military life based on how the letter was written and the words used.
The lesson also includes a copy of the letter as well as a worksheet that can be used as a classroom activity and idea for individual work beyond the classroom.
It does not include an answer key as the worksheet provides for open ended questions allowing for student / teacher interpretations