Social Studies Project: Civil War and Slavery For this project you will be completing four (4) activities of your choice that will help you to connect with life during Civil War times. The activities are based on your multiple intelligences and should be fun and engaging for you. You must choose at least two stared activities, the remaining four are your choice.
You will be graded in 4 categories: content, creativity, neatness, and conventions. The rubric will be the same as all of your other project, except you will have a rubric for each project.
Please know that any work that is illegible or incorrect will not be accepted. All typed work should be 12 font, Times New Roman, black, and 1.5 spaced.
Throughout this project you will be going through checkpoints. Every Friday I will ask for you to complete a checkpoint sheet explaining where you are in your project (how many activities you have finished, where you are confused, or resources you might need). These checkpoints will be added into your final grade.
You may be as creative as you want with this project (dying paper in tea, using clay, authentic fabrics and artifacts). All items must be submitted in a pocket folder or 3-ring binder. You name must be clearly written on the front along with your class code.
This project will be worth 250 points.
This project will begin today __________________ and is due on _________________.
By April 18th I will have completed ____________________________________.
By May 2nd I will have completed _____________________________________.
By May 9th I will have completed ______________________________________.
By May 16th I will have completed _____________________________________.
Social Studies Activities – Civil War and Reconstruction
Write a two-page report on one of the following people and their involvement in the Civil War and Slavery.
Write a two-page report on any one of the following topics:
Design a game for your classmates to play that includes events and/or people of the Civil War. We will play it in class!
Write a newspaper reporting on one day during the Civil War. You must include 3 articles in your newspaper. You must write one on each of the following topics: slavery, a Civil War battle, and a soldier’s story.
Create and sew a rag doll out of fabric. Include a 6-8 sentence summary about the doll and its importance to the Civil War. Include the doll or a picture of you and the doll in your project.
Make a graph comparing the number of casualties for ten of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. This should include the name of the battle, the generals involved, casualties on both sides (deaths & injuries), and who won the battle.
Write a job description ad for the various jobs on a plantation (owner, overseer, house servant, field servant, slave). This should look similar to the classified ads in today’s newspapers.
Write a song or rap about the Civil War, escaping slavery or any Civil War battle. You must have 3 verses, a chorus, and a bridge.
Create a batch of hard tack. Include the recipe and a sample of your hard tack with your project. Reflect on the following questions in 6-8 sentences:
Where was hard tack first used? How was it important to the soldiers? Why didn’t soldiers eat normal food?
Create an eight block cartoon based on events from the Civil War or Slavery.
Make a timeline depicting 10 events from 1860 to 1865. Include pictures and descriptions of each event.
Make a map showing significant battles, who won them, and the general movement of troops. Use blue for the Union and red for the Confederate.
Create a flyer advertising for two of the following things:
Write a two-page fictional story based on the Civil War or Slavery. Make sure to include illustrations (one for each page).
Write a letter to an important historical figure from the Civil War or Slavery describing your opinion of what has happened during that period. Include details about the event and the figure’s role in the event.
Create a persuasive essay about an important aspect of the Civil War (i.e., slavery, abolition, Missouri Compromise, secession, war, etc.).
1. Notable Person Report Your report should be at least 2 pages in length and contain all of the following. You will be graded based on the writing rubric below. If you do not achieve a passing grade based on that rubric, the report will be considered incomplete.
If any of the following information is not included, the report will be considered incomplete. If your report is incomplete, another report must be completed.
Date of birth
Date of death
Place of birth
Profession or career
Why is this person notable (what makes them famous)?
Was what they did popular? Why or why not?
What was their effect on the world?
What sources did you use for research?
Make sure to list the websites and books you used. Nothing should be plagiarized!!
2. Civil War Topic Report Your report should be at least 2 pages in length and contain all of the following. You will be graded based on the following “6+1 Writing Rubric”. If you do not achieve a passing grade based on that rubric, the report will be considered incomplete. (this piece will receive a grade for English Composition).
If any of the following information is not included, the report will be considered incomplete. If your report is incomplete, another report must be completed in its place.
Date or dates in which topic was important.
Where did this take place?
Why is this event notable (what makes it famous)?
What was the effect on the world?
What sources did you use for research?
Make sure to list the websites and books you used. Nothing should be plagiarized!!
the meaning and development of the message
the internal structure of the piece
the way the writer brings the topic to life
the specific vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning
Sentence Fluency (x2)
the way the words and phrases flow throughout the text
the mechanical correctness of the piece
the overall appearance of the work
3. Design a Game Design a game based on the Civil War. Use people, places, and/or events in your game. You must be able to play this game yourself and know all of the answers. This may be an online game board (Jeopardy, Family Feud, etc.) or a physical game board.
Rules on how to play
All necessary pieces
An answer key for your questions
Make sure it’s neat and understandable.
4. Newspaper A newspaper reports on recent information about what is going on in a city, state, or country. Newspaper articles include real facts, opinions, quotes, and pictures. All of these must be included in your article. Each article must be 6-8 sentences in length and the entire newspaper should look like a real newspaper. It should all fit on one page and the text should be arranged into columns.
6. Rag Doll Research what this is and how it is was a common Civil War toy. Be able to recreate this doll using fabric, thread, and any other soft material. You should include your doll in your folder or a picture of yourself and the doll. You must also include a 6-8 sentences reflecting on the following questions:
- How was the doll important to the Civil War children?
A title for the graph, explaining what is being compared.
8. Job Descriptions
Pretend you are advertising for some jobs on your plantation. Write up the ads with job descriptions, including what is expected from them as far as jobs to do and effort. Look at the classified ads in the newspaper for ideas on how to write a job ad.
Include the following positions:
Research these positions for an accurate advertisement.
9. Song or Rap You will need to write a song or rap about one of the following topics. Make sure that your song has 3 verses, 1 chorus, and one bridge like normal songs. You will also need to pick a tune for it to go with, which means you are putting your lyrics in place of whatever song’s lyrics you chose.
10. Hard Tack You will need to research the recipe for Civil War hard tack and create a batch at home in your kitchen. You will then need to put a piece of it in a plastic sandwich bag to turn in with the answers to your questions. In 6-8 sentences please answer the following questions:
1. Where was hard tack first eaten?
2. How was hard tack important to Civil War soldiers?
3. Why didn’t soldiers eat regular meals?
Your cartoon must contain ten boxes that tell the story and the progression of whatever Civil War topic you are choosing. It must have colored illustrations and speech bubbles. This can be done online or on paper.
12. Make a Timeline Make a time line depicting 10 events from 1860 to 1865.
Research your events to find the exact dates. Cite your sources.
List the events with the exact dates.
Arrange the events in order.
Make sure you draw your timeline neatly.
Your timeline should be divided up into even segments. Make sure there are enough for each of your date.
Decide how much each gap in the timeline will represent (example: 1 space equals 5 years)
All segments must be equal.
Mark your start date as a reference point.
Next mark your earliest date.
Count the correct number of spaces to the next date and mark it.
Continue this method until all dates are marked correctly. Double-check that the space between the dates is even and correct.
Born in Philadelphia, PA
Graduated from Pitt
13. Map of Battles
You will need to choose the first 10 significant battles from the Civil War. On a blank state map of the United States you will need to label the following things for each battle:
- In what city did the battle take place?
- What general was leading each side?
- Who won the battle? (use red or blue)
- Where was the next battle? (Draw arrows to the next battle location)
14. Make a Poster
Make a poster for any two of the following:
enlistment in the army
Do not copy the example.
Research the above topics and make an advertisement poster. Make sure it’s neat and in color.
15. Write a Play
Write a play about any of the events listed on the option chart. Make sure to include your list of characters, setting, problem, solution and theme at the beginning of your script. The play must last for 5 minutes.
16. Make a Diorama Make a diorama of a plantation or Civil War battlefield. Research plantations or a specific battlefield, so that your diorama is accurate. Label the elements of the plantation or the people, armies, and important aspects of the battlefield.
A diorama is a mini-world -- an entire landscape in a box, carry case, or window. Here's how to build your own.
Your diorama must be based on research. Make sure you cite your source and include a brief explanation on an index card.
If you choose to make a plantation, each activity should be labeled along with the characters (slave owner, overseer) and job descriptions.
If you choose to make a battlefield, you need to recreate a real battle that you’ve researched. Include information on your card(s) about who the generals are leading the battle, the number of killed on each side, who won, and any other important information.
17. Diary Entries
Pretend you are living during the times of the Civil War. Write 5 one-half page entries telling of your experiences during the Civil War. You can be a slave, servant, nurse, soldier, black soldier, general, or Abraham Lincoln. Make sure to include real events, opinions, details, and actual quotes of what this person might say.
18. Book Synopsis Read any of the books from the list and create a synopsis of the story. In your synopsis you must create the following:
- A Story Map (characters, setting, problem, solution, summary, main idea, and theme)
- A review of the book (Opinions, recommendations, and changes you would make to the book)
19. Write a Story Write a 2 page historical fiction story. Your story should be about something that really would happen during Civil War times, but can have made up characters and quotes. This story should have a problem, solution, characters, setting, and plot. You should also include at least 2 illustrations.
20. Write a Letter Choose an important Civil War figure from the chart in activity number one. Write a one-page letter to them expressing your opinions and feelings about what happened during the Civil War and Slavery. Include details about the event and how the person you are writing to was involved in this event. You may ask questions and make suggestions about how they could have changed what happened. This should be written in a letter format.
21. Create a persuasive essay about an important aspect of the Civil War. Create a persuasive essay about an important aspect of the Civil War, for example slavery, abolition, Missouri Compromise, secession, war, etc.
(Must be at least 2 pages in length.)
Use the “Persuasive Essay” graphic organizer to prepare you for your speech. Your essay will be graded using the writing rubric.
What is the argument you are writing about?
What is positive about one side?
What is negative?
What would life be like if it had or had not happened?
What is your opinion and why do you believe you are right?