Milestones in the Civil War



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Civil War Project
Directions: Using the “Milestones in the Civil War” timeline and other class materials, pick ONE of the options below to apply your knowledge of major battles and turning points in the Civil War.
Requirements for ALL options:


  1. Assignment must be typed (approximately 2-3 pages) and turned in through www.turnitin.com.

  2. You must incorporate specific information from your class materials (specific battles/battle plans, Laws/Acts and Proclamations, military leadership, speeches).

  3. Make sure to define and explain any terms or specific examples you include.

  4. Your work must be summarized in your own words. If you include a direct quote, cite where you got it (i.e. “Milestones” timeline, page 1).


Options: Pick ONE
Option 1: Civil War Board Game
Using specific battles, war tactics, and evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South during the Civil War, create a board game that pits Northern forces against Southern forces. You will construct the game board with game materials and provide the directions/instructions.
Your game should demonstrate all of the following:


  1. What is the goal or object of the game? For example, is the goal to overtake the other side’s capital, to deplete their forces, win a certain number of battles, etc.?

  2. Give an overview of how the game will work. Will players roll dice and move along a distinct path? Will players play on teams or individually? Will the game be based on trivia, tactics, chance, etc.? What materials will you use in your game (board, game pieces, etc.).

  3. What kids of obstacles will you put in place to challenge EACH side? For example, will you include traps or pitfalls, take away points for making wrong decisions, force players to go backwards on the game board, etc.? MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM CLASS MATERIALS.

  4. What specific battles will be included in your game? You must incorporate at least three battles. How will you incorporate these battles into your game?

  5. Besides battles, you must incorporate at least thee other major turning points in the war (i.e. Proclamations, laws, speeches, etc.). Explain which you will incorporate and how you will integrate them into the game.



Option 2: Newspaper Article
Using specific battles, war tactics, and evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South during the Civil War, imagine you are a journalist writing about the Civil War. You should pick at least three battles to cover in your article and three other major turning points in the war (i.e. Proclamations, laws, speeches, etc.). You can take either perspective (North or South), or write from a neutral point of view. Describe what you see in each battle/turning point and the significance of these events to the course of the war. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM CLASS MATERIALS.
Option 3: Cause and Effect Paper
Using specific battles, war tactics, and evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South during the Civil War, write a paper that explains why the North was able to defeat the South in the Civil War. You should pick at least three battles to cover in your paper and three other major turning points in the war (i.e. Proclamations, laws, speeches, etc.). Your paper should have a brief introduction with a thesis statement, two or three body paragraphs (or more, if you want) with supporting evidence, and a brief conclusion. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM CLASS MATERIALS.

Option 4: Illustrated Timeline
Using specific battles, war tactics, and evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South during the Civil War, create an illustrated timeline showing the major battles and turning points in the war. You should pick at least three battles to cover in your timeline and three other major turning points in the war (i.e. Proclamations, laws, speeches, etc.). Each point on your timeline needs to have a brief paragraph description (at least 3 sentences) of the battle/turning point and why it was a significant event in the war (kind of like a “terms” response: who/what, when/historical context, where, significance). Each point should also include an illustration, and each illustration should demonstrate time, thought, and effort. Do not print out pictures from the internet and paste them on; this should be your work only. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM CLASS MATERIALS. NOTE: For the timeline, you only need to submit your paragraph explanations to turnitin.com. Type them in a Word document, submit that through turnitin.com, then cut each one out to add to your timeline.


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