War has just begun. You are the mother of 5 small children and
up to this point your main duties have been tending to household
chores. Your husband has been called to duty on the battlefront.
This leaves you with a heavy burden of increased work load. How
will you handle this? Remember you also have 5 young children
to care for. You will share your thoughts in a letter you write
to a family member or friend.
Some questions to ask yourself as you write your letter are as
follows. How much does it cost for you to live as a mother raising
your children while your husband is at war? What losses have you
experienced during the war? What jobs traditionally done by your
husband have you had to take over? How did it make you feel to
care for soldiers who were fighting for the other side?
will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter,
family and friends should be able to understand the enormous
hardships you encounter as a woman on the homefront.
To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the
class. This is where your character will come alive! You will
come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through
the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity.
You will really have to get to know your character so that you
can best portray that person.
You should read the information
contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and
task in mind.
Remember the Ladies
Women in the Civil War
Women on the Homefront
Diary of a Tennessee Schoolgirl
American Civil War Home
Civil War for Kids
Civil War ThinkQuest
Documentaries of 2 Communities
Life in Civil War America