Introduction to "Turned Inside Out"
Some few writers possess the honesty and ability to speak to us across centuries. Frank Wilkeson is among the best of these. His first person accounts of a soldier’s daily life and of several of the most intensely violent battles in history rip us from our chairs and stand us next to his shoulder beneath drifting powder smoke. It is essential reading not only for students of our Civil War, but for all Americans. Assignments below include directed reading, CLOZE questions, reciprocal teaching questions and a poster rubric. I recommend Turned Inside Out most highly and offer these activities in hopes that they will open this great personal account for your students. I hope, too, that they will be intrigued by these excerpts and will wish to read the complete memoir.