Civil War - Cloze Reading Strategy. This is a story about the Civil War I created that uses the "Cloze" (not CLOSE) reading strategy where students fill in the 61 blanks within the story using a word bank provided. There are more words and dates in the word bank than students will use. The story is rather lengthy and takes about 30 minutes for a student to complete (some more some less of course). This would be a great pre-assessment quiz to give if you knew you were going to have a substitute teacher that day.
I teach 8th grade U.S. History using the Creating America: Beginnings through World War I text book and this goes along with Chapters 15, 16, and 17. My classes are comprised of general education, special education, and gifted and talented all together. This quiz lets me see how well students are connecting to the main ideas of the Civil War after we learn about it or some years I use it as a pre-assessment to see what connections they can make using deductive reasoning. You could also use this as a warm-up before they take the test that you normally give.
This story needs to be printed on 11" x 17" paper and is one page (front-back if you just print pages 3 and 4). The answer key and the word bank are also on 11"x17" paper with the word bank having four word banks per page that get cut out to save on paper. I grade this as a class allowing students to grade their own making sure there is nothing on their desks except the red marker I provide for them. That way they can see for themselves which ones they got right or wrong and hear the story read to see how it is put together.
Here are the terms/dates in the word bank:
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Shiloh
Compromise of 1850
Confederate States of America
Election of 1860
First Battle of Bull Run
Fugitive Slave Act
John C. Fremont
Robert E. Lee
Roger B. Taney
Seven Days’ Battles
Siege of Vicksburg
Stephen A. Douglas
Ulysses S. Grant
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
William Tecumseh Sherman
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