Cloze Reading Strategy: The American Civil War - 61 Blanks with Word Bank

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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:
20
50
75
100
1776
1787
1861
54th Massachusetts
620,000
6,200.000
Abolitionist
Abraham Lincoln
Amputation
Anaconda Plan
Appomattox Courthouse
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Shiloh
Blockade
Blue
Border State
Bounty
C.S.S. Virginia
Cavalry
Clara Barton
Compromise of 1850
Confederacy
Confederate States of America
Conscription
Copperhead
Crittenden Plan
Daniel Webster
Dog Tags
Dred Scott
Election of 1860
Emancipation Proclamation
Embalming
First Battle of Bull Run
Ford’s Theater
Fort Sumter
Free-Soil Party
Fugitive Slave Act
Gray
Greenback
Harper’s Ferry
Harriet Beecher-Stowe
Henry Clay
Hygiene
Income Tax
Infection
Ironclad
James Buchanan
Jefferson Davis
John Brown
John C. Fremont
King Cotton
Massachusetts
Minnie Ball
North
Pickett’s Charge
Popular Sovereignty
Rebel
Reconstruction
Republican Party
Rifle
Robert E. Lee
Roger B. Taney
Secede
Seven Days’ Battles
Siege of Vicksburg
South
Stephen A. Douglas
Thirteenth Amendment
U.S.S. Merrimack
U.S.S. Monitor
Ulysses S. Grant
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Union
Virginia
West Virginia
William Tecumseh Sherman
Wilmot Proviso
Yankee

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Cloze Reading Strategy: The American Civil War - 61 Blanks
Cloze Reading Strategy: The American Civil War - 61 Blanks
Cloze Reading Strategy: The American Civil War - 61 Blanks
Cloze Reading Strategy: The American Civil War - 61 Blanks