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Civil War Project Possibilities

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									                                 8th Grade Civil War Project
Name: _______________________________

Topic: ________________________________
      (Please include the number from the project list and the topic name.)

Person you are working with: _________________________________

OR Circle this if you are working alone.

Activity: (video, scrapbook, diary, etc.) _______________________________________
Things to do for your project:

      Research
      Carefully check out the evaluation sheet for your type of project
      Coordinate your schedule with your partner (if you choose to have one).
      Be sure you use at least five different sources.
      Record your sources CORRECTLY.
      Write a report/summary about that topic that is at least one page long.
      Remember the due date (be sure you’ve printed BEFORE class).

Projects are due Friday,    May 9th
We also will be taking notes in class, reading from the textbook, watching one or two videos, and
preparing for a test on the Civil War.

Test Date: Wednesday,        May 14th
You will do terrific on this unit! Good luck!
Civil War Project Possibilities
*** Means that you can substitute another topic for the one listed in Bold Italics.
### Means that you may complete that project with a classmate. EACH person must still write his/her own summary.

Most reports or stories do NOT require an additional report. All other projects—EACH STUDENT needs to write a one-page (or
longer) report on the project topic.

All videos will be previewed first. The best ones will be chosen to show to the class.

    1. Write a 3-page (or longer) biography of Mary Todd Lincoln, including the years after her husband’s death.
        ***
    2. Ulysses S. Grant was not a West Point graduate for whom one would predict great things. Write a 3-page
        (or longer) report on his accomplishments, his childhood, and his life as a military general and president.
        Other ideas: create a scrapbook or diary.
    3. Two hundred thousand blacks served in the Union forces. Research the service of these troops and create
        a poster (7-10 pictures and descriptions), video (must be accurate informative; 2-5 minutes) (###), or
        scrapbook (7-10 pages) (###) telling of their contributions to the war and life during the war.
    4. ### Fort Sumter was the first major engagement of the Civil War. Lincoln refused to submit to
        Confederate demands to turn the federal fort over to the Confederacy. Create a model of this fort and the
        battle that took place there. ***
    5. Select one of the women who served their cause as spies. Report on her by creating a diary (3 or more
        pages long), board game (###), or poster (7-10 photos and descriptions). Some women to choose from are
        Elizabeth (Crazy Beth) Van Lew, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Harriet Tubman, and Belle Boyd. ***
    6. Research one of the following notorious prisoner of war camps: Andersonville, Libbey, Elmirea, New York;
        or Belle Plain. You may present on your research by creating a poster or writing a diary as if you were
        there.
    7. Research the flags, yells, and uniform patches of different regiments from either the Union or Confederate
        side. Create a poster showing at least one of each for at least one regiment. Then create your own flag,
        yell, and uniform patch for a fictional regiment of the Civil War. Write a description of the meaning
    8. ### Create a play or video portraying one of the following scenes ***:
             a. Lincoln visiting with a family who has lost their son in the Civil War.
             b. Lincoln debating with Stephen Douglas.
             c. Lincoln as a trial lawyer on the Illinois Circuit Court.
             d. Lincoln discussing the Emancipation Proclamation.
             e. Lincoln with his wife and children on the night after the firing on Fort Sumter.
             f. Lincoln visiting with a friend about his vision for the South after the war.
             g. Lincoln in a debate with Jefferson Davis on slavery and states’ rights.
    9. Write a travel brochure for the newly formed Confederate States of America. Pack it with information
        about the new country, as if you are living in the South and want it to succeed. Other ideas: Create a travel
        brochure for a historic battle site of your choice. ***
    10. Soldiers of the Civil War had many reasons for fighting. Some reasons included: the draft, patriotic duty,
        monetary reward, seeking adventure, or beliefs that the war’s cause was just. Pretend you are a recruiter
        for either the North or the South and create a commercial (###) or a poster advertisement urging viewers
        to join in the fight. Be sure to include many researched facts about why soldiers were asked to fight in the
        war.
    11. ### Make an alphabet book of Civil War terms. For each letter of the alphabet, choose a corresponding
        term, picture, and short description (several sentences).
    12. ### Create a scale model of Richmond, Virginia, in 1861. Be sure to label the parts of the model and give
        the model a title. ***
    13. ### Create a pop-up children’s book about the Civil War. This should be a neatly-assembled 10-15 page
        book that would help younger learners know more about the important aspects of the Civil War.
    14. Pretend you are a soldier and write a description (diary, story, or letter—at least 3 pages long) telling what
        happened at the Second Battle of Bull Run. ***
    15. ### Create a game about events and people from the Civil War era. Be sure to include instructions (also
        see the Visual Display evaluation sheet).
16. Research the Underground Railroad and some of its routes. Write a story or diary (at least 3 pages) or
    create a scrapbook (at least 7 pages) (###) or poster showing what life was like for people who were
    involved.
17. ### Make up a lesson to teach your class about a battle or other aspect of the Civil War. Arrange with Mrs.
    Flicker when you will teach the lesson.
18. Lee was able to assemble a quality staff of officers such as Generals Jackson, Longstreet, and Stuart.
    Select one of Lee’s command staff, dress up, and do a character portrayal of one of these officers. (2-3
    minutes)
19. Make a Civil War Hall of Fame. Create a poster that shows 10-15 famous people of the Civil War, including
    a picture and description (several sentences or a paragraph) of each and why they were chosen to be in
    your hall of fame.
20. Make a bulletin board or poster about a selected battle. Include 7-10 pictures and information written in
    your own words about each. (See list of battles.)
21. Retell John Brown’s story in first person from 1855 to his death. Write it as a diary or story (at least 3
    pages).
22. Select a general to portray and retell the story of a battle from his point of view. You can do this by acting
    (2-3 minutes) or writing a story or diary (at least 3 pages)
23. ### Imagine you are a family member of Abraham Lincoln. Collect photographs and memorabilia about
    his life and compile it in a scrapbook (at least 7 pages).
24. Create a poster showing the typical weapons of a Union or Confederate infantry soldier. Be sure to label
    and give descriptions of each weapon. (at least 10 photos and descriptions in your own words)
25. Clara Barton’s work to supply troops with much needed medical equipment later led to her founding of the
    American Red Cross in 1881. Write a biography of her life or create a skit/video (###) showing various
    scenes commemorating her life in a creative way.
26. Select one of the following women who were instrumental in nursing during the Civil War and write a
    report, create a poster, or design a calendar based on your research: Mary Ann Biderdyke, Dorothea Dix,
    Sally Tompkins, Clara Barton.
27. Using various sources, develop a calendar of important Civil War events. Include important dates in their
    appropriate spot in the months of the year, and include appropriate pictures and their descriptions for each
    month.
28. ### Jefferson Davis was accused of treason when he was captured in 1865. Do you believe he felt himself
    to be guilty of treason toward the United States? Why or why not? Make a video or skit of a court trial
    against Jefferson Davis. Other ideas: do the same for other men who were put on trial.
29. Slavery has been part of the U.S. since Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. The importation was to have officially
    ended in 1808. Make a time line on a poster describing the events involving slavery in America. Include at
    least 7 pictures and descriptions on your own words.
30. Write a diary (at least 3 pages) telling the day in the life of a slave in the United States during the Civil War.
31. Make up a time capsule of Civil War era artifacts (at least 10) that you make. Write a description of each
    item and why it was chosen.
32. During the bloody battle of Gettysburg, several costly errors were made. Review the strategy used by the
    generals. Write a report (at least 3 pages) telling about them, then tell how you would have commanded
    over the battle. Rewrite the battle of Gettysburg.
33. Create an interview with Abraham Lincoln. What questions would you have asked him? What do you think
    his answer would have been? Be sure to research before you create your skit (###), magazine, or
    newspaper article.
34. ### Create a commercial for any of the following: gatling gun, ironclad ship, torpedoes, or any other item
    used in the Civil War. Be sure to include much researched information about the item in your commercial.
35. Sewing machines made a big difference in the speed in which uniforms and shirts could be produced. One
    woman noted that a shirt, instead of taking two days by hand, now required only one hour of sewing on a
    treadle sewing machine. Create a poster or series of commercials (###) telling about important inventions
    that affected the Civil War. (see your textbook for more ideas).
36. Create a chart telling about various (7-10) battles of the war. For each battle, tell how many Confederate
    and Union troops were involved, leaders of the battle, the geography of the battle site, statistics on the
    number of injuries and deaths, general results, and what happened following the battle. Include photos or
    drawings for each battle.
37. ### At the end of war, many former wealthy plantation owners were penniless. The slaves may have left,
    the land was destroyed by fighting armies, and large taxes were owed to the government, confederate
        money was useless. Create a video showing how these plantation owners were affected by the war and
        what their reaction was. If you were a plantation owner, how would you feel? What might have happened
        to you or your family? Would you leave your home or stay and try to make good of it? Be sure to do
        research on life in the South after the war before you start filming.
    38. Create a poster (7-10 pictures and descriptions included), brochure, or report (at lease 3 pages) telling the
        impact of the Gettysburg Address. Include imaginary (yet based on research) quotes about people living at
        that time.
    39. ### Make a model of a soldier’s camp. Be sure to research and label its parts.
    40. Write a nonfiction book or diary (at least 3 pages) about a day in the life of a Civil War soldier.
    41. Research several Civil War soldier pass times and games. Teach the class how to play one. Be sure you do
        research on this one and write your report on your findings. (Your report should include at least three
        different games that soldiers played.)
    42. Uniforms, at the beginning of the Civil War were as varied as the militia who selected them. Some
        uniforms included long feathered plumes, turbans, long sashes, and plenty of gold braid and buttons.
        Make a poster or create a scrapbook (###) or brochure showing some of these uniforms. When possible,
        include the name of the unit and the date when the uniform was used.
    43. Write and deliver a speech (2-3 minutes) in which you express the views of an abolitionist or someone who
        wants to preserve the institution of slavery. Dress up in appropriate clothing, or create a puppet to use
        while you deliver the speech.
    44. Imagine you have been transported through time to the Civil War era. Write a story (at least 3 pages)
        telling about the adventures you have while there. Are you in the North or South? Whom did you meet
        there? How does it feel to be in the middle of a civil war?
    45. ### Make a Civil War recipe book (10-20 recipes). Be sure it has visuals and text that would help “sell” the
        cookbook. Create one of the recipes to share with the class. Your report can include the different foods
        eaten during the Civil War.
    46. ### Create a dictionary of Civil War Slang. Include 30 or more words and make the dictionary look real
        and authentic. Also write a letter home from a soldier using some of the slang terms.
    47. ### Create a video showing a scene from the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
    48. Find some songs that were written during the Civil War or were popular during this time. Compile a song
        book of 10 to 15 songs, making it appear real and authentic. Imagine you are the composer of one of the
        songs and write a paragraph describing the circumstances under which your song was written. Include
        your paragraph in the songbook.
Battles                                                         People:
Fort Sumter (April 12, 1861)                                  John Brown
Fort Donelson (Feb. 13-16, 1862)                              Ambrose Everett Burnside
Fredericksburg (Dec. 13, 1862)                                Benjamin Franklin Butler
Gettysburg (Jul. 1-3, 1863)                                   Henry Clay
Harper’s Ferry (numerous)
Lookout Mountain
                                                              Jefferson Davis
Peninsular Campaign                                           Stephen Douglas
Perryville, Kentucky (Oct. 8, 1862)                           David Farragut
Petersburg Campaign (June 20, 1864)                           William Lloyd Garrison
Sherman’s March to Sea                                        Ulysses S. Grant
Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing (April 6-7, 1962)                 Horace Greeley
Spotsylvania Court House (May 8-19, 1864)                     Henry Wagner Halleck
Vicksburg (May 19-July 4, 1863)                               Wade Hampton
Wilderness Campaign (May 5-6, 1864)                           Joseph Hooker
Ironclads and Navel Battles (various)
                                                              Thomas J. Jackson
                                                              Robert E. Lee
                                                              Abraham Lincoln
                                                              George Meade
                                                              George McClellan
                                                              John Pope
                                                              William Rosecrans
                                                              Winfield Scott
                                                              William Tecumseh Sherman
                                                              Philip Sheridan
                                                              Harriet Beecher Stowe
                                                              J.E.B. Stuart
                                                              Harriet Tubman
                                                                 Name: ____________________
                                           Topic and Activity: ______________________________
               Dramatic Presentations—skits, videos, commercials, etc.
               The written script is excellent. The script creatively and logically flows from one point to another. It
features factual information in a straightforward way. Details and examples are included to support and clarify major
points. Visuals are appropriate to the region described. The oral delivery of the presentation is smooth and well-
rehearsed. The student(s) clearly understand(s) the subject.
       _____/20 Presentation is creative and entertaining.
       _____/25 Presentation is informative and demonstrates accurate
                  understanding of the topic, details are included that show
                  understanding of the topic.
       _____/10 Length is appropriate (around 2-4 minutes).
       _____/20 Written script is submitted to the teacher.
       _____/10 Appropriate visuals, props, and costumes are used to support
                  the story.
       _____/10 Script is well-rehearsed and communicated clearly and effectively;
                  project shows careful preparation.
       _____/5   Student name and project title are included on script,
                  videotape, and any other item that is given to teacher.
        _____/100 Project Total

Evaluation of Typed Report
     _____/10 Title Page includes creative title of the paper, student name,
                date, and class (U.S. History).
   _____/5     All typing is in an approved 12-point font.
   _____/5     All margins are 1 inch.
   _____/5     Work is double-spaced after the title.
   _____/10    Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are well-edited.
   _____/25    Paper is an excellent summary of your topic and the completed
                project; report is an appropriate length. Information is written in an
                interesting way in your own words.
   _____/15    Paper is written in paragraphs, with each paragraph focusing on a
                different idea related to the project topic.
   _____/10    Paper begins with an interesting quote, saying, thought, or
                question.
   _____/10    Paper ends with a summary, concluding statement.
   _____/20    Bibliography page is titled, resources are recorded correctly in MLA
                format and listed in alphabetical order by authors’ last names.
   _____/5     This evaluation is attached to the typed summary.
     _____/120 Report Total
                                                               Name: ____________________
                                         Topic and Activity: ______________________________

Visual Display (Poster, mural, model, timeline, scrapbooks, etc.)
The display immediately catches your eye through the use of design, color, neatness, or another strategy. The message
is clear and the concepts are appropriately and accurately presented. The design is well thought out and the visual
elements are organized and effective. The space is not too crowded nor too scanty. The illustrations, text, and other
design elements combine neatly and effectively.

      _____/15 Colors, labels, and other clues are given to show what the
                 display shows. Be sure all parts of your visual display are titled
                 and labeled.
      _____/25 Display is attractive, creative, and interesting.
      _____/15 All necessary information is typed and well-edited.
      _____/25 Project is an accurate, informative representation of the topic.
      _____/10 Space is used well (not too full nor too empty); project is the
                 appropriate size. (Posterboard is ideal—please no foam board.)
      _____/5   Title of display is given in large, typed lettering.
      _____/5   Name of student(s) is placed clearly on the front of the display.
       _____/100 Project Total

Evaluation of Typed Report
    _____/10 Title Page includes creative title of the paper, student name,
                date, and class (U.S. History).
   _____/5     All typing is in an approved 12-point font.
   _____/5     All margins are 1 inch.
   _____/5     Work is double-spaced after the title.
   _____/10    Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are well-edited.
   _____/25    Paper is an excellent summary of your topic and the completed
                project; report is an appropriate length. Information is written in an
                interesting way in your own words.
   _____/15    Paper is written in paragraphs, with each paragraph focusing on a
                different idea related to the project topic.
   _____/10    Paper begins with an interesting quote, saying, thought, or
                question.
   _____/10    Paper ends with a summary, concluding statement.
   _____/20    Bibliography page is titled, resources are recorded correctly in MLA
                format and listed in alphabetical order by authors’ last names.
   _____/5     This evaluation is attached to the typed summary.
     _____/120 Report Total
                                                      Name: ____________________
                                Topic and Activity: ______________________________
                 Written Documents (Stories, Reports, Diaries, etc.)
                  The writing is well organized. The student has demonstrated reasonable initiative and diligence in the
writing by including a variety of sources and interpreting them with insight. Personal experiences are recorded and
feelings explored with care. The writing is very neat, well-edited, and clearly presentable.


       _____/25 Appropriate information is included that accurately represents
                  the project topic; information is accurate and clearly
                  presented; details are given to show understanding of the
                  topic.
       _____/10 Writing is either typed or presented in an authentic way.
       _____/15 Writing is well-edited, with attention given to spelling, grammar,
                  punctuation.
       _____/25 Thought and creativity are demonstrated in the writing.
       _____/10 Length is appropriate (Around 3-4 pages.)
       _____/10 Student name, project title, and other necessary information
                  are included on front of project.
       _____/5   This evaluation form is attached to the typed summary.
        _____/100 Project Total

Evaluation of Typed Report
    _____/10 Title Page includes creative title of the paper, student name,
                date, and class (U.S. History).
   _____/5     All typing is in an approved 12-point font.
   _____/5     All margins are 1 inch.
   _____/5     Work is double-spaced after the title.
   _____/10    Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are well-edited.
   _____/25    Paper is an excellent summary of your topic and the completed
                project; report is an appropriate length. Information is written in an
                interesting way in your own words.
   _____/15    Paper is written in paragraphs, with each paragraph focusing on a
                different idea related to the project topic.
   _____/10    Paper begins with an interesting quote, saying, thought, or
                question.
   _____/10    Paper ends with a summary, concluding statement.
   _____/20    Bibliography page is titled, resources are recorded correctly in MLA
                format and listed in alphabetical order by authors’ last names.
   _____/5     This evaluation is attached to the typed summary.
     _____/120 Report Total
Name: _______________________
Writing Game Plan
Use this as you research your topic. Then use what you recorded here to write your typed report.


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           Ideas for                             Topic and/or Title                            Conclusion or
         Introduction                                                                           Summary
   (question, quote, interesting                                                                Statement
   information—anything to grab
   the reader’s attention)



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