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Civil War Battle Map
DescriptionThis activity is a fun way to report geographic information. The student illustrates a blank map to identify 5 Civil War battles.
ObjectivesThe student extends and refines use of various map forms and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report geographic information about the United States (for example, tracing the Oregon Trail).
Materials- U.S. History textbook
- Blank map of the United States for each student
- Crayons for each student
Preparations1. Gather materials for activity.
2. Make copies of the U.S. map for students to report geographic information.
3. Copy map key. (see associated files)
ProceduresNote: This lesson requires students to illustrate a map to formatively assess studentsí ability to report geographic information about Civil War battles.
1. Ask students if they believe the war with Iraq is over and is the current fighting a symptom of our war on terrorism.
2. Allow a few students to share their opinions.
3. Remind students Saddam Hussein has been captured and a new Iraqi government will be installed this June.
4. Explain the importance of Coalition victories in Mosul and Baghdad. Recognize these victories paved the way for coalition peace keeping forces to remain in Iraq.
5. Tell the students the battles fought in Iraq were slightly similar to the battles fought in the U. S. Civil War because they, eventually, brought an end to major hostilities.
6. Distribute activity materials (textbooks, crayons, blank U.S. maps provided in associated file)
7. While using the history book, lecture/review over various pages of maps depicting U.S. Civil War issues. For example, discuss the Union's naval blockade and several particular battles between Confederate and the Union soldiers.
8. Distribute blank maps and inform students of the required items. Students may refer to textbook.
9. Tell students they are required to distinguish between Northern, Border, and Southern states by color.
10. Instruct students to identify with an asterisk where at least 5 Civil War battles took place. Also, have students write the name of these battles next to the appropriate asterisk.
11. Direct students to label map key with a minimum of 3 different colors.
12. Instruct students to hand-in assignment when finished.
AssessmentsIn this formative assessment students: -distinguish between Northern, Border, and Southern states by color. -Identify with an asterisk where at least 5 Civil War battles took place. -Write the name of 5 Civil War battles next to the appropriate asterisk. -Label map key with a minimum of 3 different colors. Students who do not fully complete the map will be given further instruction and the opportunity to complete the map.
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