1863: Teaching Common Core with the Civil War’s Defining Moments

By David Kendrick posted 11-21-2013 02:09:17 PM

Hi and welcome to my presentation! 

If you attend my session on Saturday, November 23, at 915 AM in Room 100 of the Convention Center, I will give a CD, already loaded with all of my sources and plans, to the first 100 guests.

If you cannot attend the session, please feel free to download any and all of my resources and plans from the NCSS Connected page. 

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Here is a little preview of my session:

     The main objective is to present attendees with a clear understanding of how to integrate the new Common Core Standards by utilizing reading and writing techniques to promote literacy within the social studies discipline. In order to close the achievement gap, attendees will understand the importance of delivering Social Studies in new ways that enhance learning styles of all of our students.
     Another objective is to delve into the most crucial year of the American Civil War, 1863. The American Civil War had not been successful for President Abraham Lincoln and the Union Army due to the superior generals employed by the Confederate Army. With this unit, students examine pivotal events in this war that led to a sweeping change in morale, strategy, and will be forever considered the turning point of the war. The death of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, the Battle of Gettyburg, the Battle of Vicksburg, and the Battle of Chickamauga would change the direction of the war in favor of Lincoln and the Union Army. 
    Reading and writing using primary and secondary sources has become a focal point of Common Core in Social Studies. The attendees will see how students were able to use these sources to research and write a series of compilations related to the topic at hand. 
    In conclusion, the attendees will see how to weave the Common Core standards into our Civil War standard, specifically targeting the pivotal year of 1863. The presentation will show how to read and write using actual primary and secondary source documents relating to the aforementioned topic. The ability to mesh Common Core and history is a must in today’s social studies classroom. 

Hope to see you Saturday morning!

Dave Kendrick
Athens, Georgia