Use this worksheet as a way to ask the big questions concerning the Battle of Gettysburg which many authorities consider the turning point of the American Civil War. These questions cover the Social Studies standard of why the tide began to turn towards the Union after this battle. Featuring a quotation from Tillie Pierce, a 15-year-old girl caught in the action near Little Round Top, this worksheet uses questions to lead students to an understanding of: why Gettysburg is considered the turning point of the Civil War, why President Lincoln was angry with Gen. George Meade for not following Lee's army, the impact of the Gettysburg Address, and the aftermath of the battle for both sides.
Included in this document are:
Graphic Organizer on Gettysburg as the turning point of the war
Through Teacher Eyes Teacher Cheat Sheet, supplying answers for the graphic organizer
A worksheet with the big questions to think about before studying the battle and to answer after the battle
Although the duration is listed as one hour, you may want to have students look at the questions and then come back to answer them after you have studied the battle.