I wrote Dawn Drums for young people because I believe that understanding the last year of our Civil War is crucial to our shared present, our hoped for future. I intend for my story to serve as a portal to discussions about slavery, war and citizenship. To that end, I’ve prepared these comprehension and critical thinking materials to accompany the novel. All are precisely aligned with Common Core standards for grades 8 through 11. Pick, choose, or spin assignments into projects of your own.
Also, please have your students write to me with their questions. I’ll answer. You can contact me through my Dawn Drums website/blog: http://dawndrums.wordpress.com/
I should mention that Moonlight Mesa Associates, my publisher, enthusiastically offers large discounts on book purchases (both print and kindle) for school or library purchases.