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This is a lesson on the significant leaders of the U.S. Civil War
Title – Significant Individuals of the U.S. Civil War
By – Edwin E. Parker
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Grade Level – 8
TEKS/TAKS Objectives: 8.8A
Lesson Objective: The student will be able to explain the roles played by significant individuals during the Civil War, including Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln
Anticipatory Set: Warm-up activity: Students will answer multiple choice questions on overhead asking pertinent questions about the roles of Davis, Grant, Lee and Lincoln.
Input Procedures: Power Point presentation (with pictures and maps) accompanied by lecture about the roles of Davis, Grant, Lee and Lincoln.
Checking for Understanding: Check individuals and groups throughout the lesson
Guided Practice: Divide class into four groups, assigning each group a subject (Davis, Grant, Lee or Lincoln). Have each group search their textbooks and the Internet for information on the roles their assignee played in the Civil War. Each group will make a poster listing the roles to present to the class at the end of the period.
Modeling: teacher will use textbook to show groups how to find pertinent information on each individual.
Independent Practice: Allow the students to work in their groups, checking the progress of each group periodically.
Closure: Have each group present their poster at the end of class.
Assessment: Observe answers from each group to see if assignment has been carried out and objective has been reached.
Re-teach: P;resent History Channel film clips explaining roles of Davis, Grant, Lee and Lincoln.
Enrichment/Extension: Assign a one-page paper on student’s choice of Davis, Grant, Lee or Lincoln delving further into lives — specifically, what events of Civil War most affected the individual and why.
Modification(s): Have student find picture of his group’s individual from teacher supplied materials for poster to present to class. Student’s assessment will be based on this activity.
Materials: Poster board, markers, textbooks, computers, teacher-supplied pictures, and Powerpoint projector
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