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Comparing Electronic and Print Texts About the Civil War Soldier

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Comparing Electronic and Print Texts About the Civil War Soldier

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Janet Beyersdorfer

Arlington Heights, Illinois


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access
  • Encyclopedia article or textbook chapter about the U.S. Civil War
  • LCD projector (optional)
  • Table of contents for a textbook about the Civil War
  • Two large sheets of paper or two posters

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1. Choose an appropriate topic. Although this lesson plan uses the American Civil War as its focus, any content area topic for which you can locate both print and an online resource with well-designed organization and navigation features will work. You might also consider integrating this Web-based research activity into other curriculum instruction (e.g., the study of a novel featuring characters engaged in the American Civil War, a history lesson that explores the causes or a battle of the American Civil War, or a current events project comparing soldiers engaged in modern warfare with that of the 1860s).

2. Reserve your school’s computer lab for Sessions 2 and 3. If possible, arrange to use an LCD projector during Session 2 as well.

3. Bookmark the Gettysburg National Military Park, Camp Life: Civil War Collections website on the computers students will be using. Familiarize yourself with the site using the Life in a Civil War Soldier’s Camp Assignment Sheet.

4. Make one copy of the Life in a Civil War Soldier’s Camp Assignment Sheet, the Life in Camp Worksheet, and HistoryNet.com: Who Was the Common Soldier of America’s Civil War? for each of your students.

Note: For the last resource, you can scroll to the bottom of the article to find an icon that links to a printer-friendly version. You can also click a box at the bottom of the printer-friendly version to print the article’s references.

5. Locate a print encyclopedia article or a textbook chapter about the American Civil War at an appropriate reading level for your students. Each student will need a copy of the article or chapter as well as a copy of the table of contents from either a textbook or another nonfiction text about the Civil War.

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