Subject Area(s): Virginia Studies/Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 4

Format of Library of Congress media: Images

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Three 45 minute lessons

Lesson Summary

This lesson would be used to introduce the Civil War Unit to 4th grade students as well as give instruction about the use of primary sources. The book The Blue and the Gray will be read to the students. After hearing the story and discussing the proximity of local battlefields the students will analyze online primary sources as well as current photographs of these locations. Students will be asked to present a written analysis of an online source.

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All of the materials used in this lesson plan are available for downloading as PDF Files and PowerPoint files, as appropriate. PDF Files can be viewed with the free Adobe Reader.

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