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Ken Burns Civil War: entire series viewing quiz questions & key

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Nobody does the Civil War better than Ken Burns! Apple even has a "Ken Burns effect" function in one of its programs now. This package allows you to use the TEN HOUR series and hold students accountable for viewing but also allow them to absorb the fascinating stories and vivid imagery as they watch because these quizzes are simple! Quizzes only take about a minute to administer.

Over 200 questions broken down by episodes with an answer key.

I usually give the quiz orally after we watch an episode or two. I ask students to take out a half sheet of paper before we watch the quiz and number it so they know a quiz is coming at the end.

The Civil War by Ken Burns is a nine part, ten hour PBS miniseries that was released in 1990. It covers all essential aspects of the war and is available on Youtube or by purchasing through Amazon. I've provided a link in the materials that you can use to locate specific events in the series very easily.

To use the quizzes, simply find the appropriate episode for what you are teaching, let the kids watch, and then give the quick quiz afterward -- when I do these orally they only take about one minute!
The auditory learners appreciate this different type of assessment.

Includes episodes on slavery, Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, The Wilderness, the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Appomattox, Lincoln's Assassination, the elections of 1860 and 1864, a wonderful segment on the Gettysburg Address and the political, cultural, and economic aspects of the war.

People showcased include Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, McClellan, Burnside, Joe Hooker, Phil Sheridan, James Longstreet, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, John Brown, Julia Ward Howe, and many others.

A quick internet search will give you hundreds of positive reviews for this series.

You might ask your principal or bookkeeper about setting up a Teachers Pay Teacher account for your school.

Best wishes

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