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Introduction | Learners | Standards | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusions



This WebQuest was made as a part of an Advanced WebQuest course instructed by Stan Smith, Central Missouri State University. The lesson came from Warrensburg, Missouri School District's WebQuest Academy project, a State funded Competitive Technology Grant.

Students will gain a stronger sense of understanding of the Civil War. There is no better way of learning than by living through the experience. Obviously that can not happen, but this is as close as we can get. The students will be given the following scenario.

The year is 1862 and you are in the prime of your life. You no longer live with your parents and you are ready to start a family of your own. However, your country is falling apart. Battles are raging all around you: brother against brother, father against son, neighbor against neighbor. Your life is about to change greatly. Americans are in a civil war amongst themselves. Will you support the Union or the Confederacy? What will happen to you, your family, and your home? This is the story of your life during the American Civil War.

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This webquest is designed for 6th grade. The main components of this project are social studies and language arts. Other subjects could easily be filtered in.

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Curriculum Standards

Social Studies Goals and Curriculum Standards Addressed

* Develop a keen sense of historical literacy
* Analyze cause and effect
* Understand the reasons for continuity and change

Ethical Literacy

* Recognize the sanctity of life and the dignity of the individual
* Understand the ways in which different societies have tried to resolve ethical issues
* Realize that concern for ethics and human rights is universal

Geographic Literacy

* Develop an awareness of place

Economic Literacy

* Understand comparative economic systems

National Identity

* Recognize the status of minorities and women in different times in American history

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Students are going to wear the shoes of an American Citizen during the Civil War. Each student will choose a unique role from a provided list and visit related web sites to learn details of that person's lives. Student will be responsible for that role's instructions only.

Students should be given enough time to research their roles. They are not limited to internet resources. Social Studies and Language Art are the main components in this project. However, other subjects could easily be filtered in.

This project will provide an enriching and motivating way for your students to really "sink their teeth" into the content. To complete this project should take between 2-3 weeks.

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Resources Needed

A list of resources is available for the individual role student chooses. The list can be found on the process page of each role.

Also, as with most computer related projects, the more computers you have access to, the better. Ideally, 4-5 networked computers, although this project can be completed with fewer.

This project requires students to find sources of information (books, websites, etc.) and there is a ton of it out there. I think you will find that you end up with plenty of resources for everyone.

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To wrap up this webquest, the student will present their letter to the class. This is where the character will come alive! The student will come dressed as his/her character and reveal his/her identity through the letter. Student will be graded on his/her enthusiasm and creativity. This will require them to really get to know their character so that they can best portray that person.

Remind students to read
the information contained at each site thoroughly with their individual role and task in mind.

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The goal of this project is for the students to gain a deeper understanding of the who,what, where, and why the Civil War in America occurred.

For an extension activity, you might want to give the students something else to think about.

SCENARIO: You have just returned to the 20th century. You are in 6th grade and life is back to normal; however you will never forget your experience as a young adult in the Civil War. Imagine today if a Civil War was to break out in America, what would you do? How would your life be effected.

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