History & Social Studies

CIVIL WAR:  Film, Literature & Classroom Resources

Course No. HI407i, HI507i

One of the essential components in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading is the study of the human experience.  For this course you will be examining key people, places and events, during the Civil War time period.  Our culture is fascinated with this topic and there are ample film, literary, and classroom resources to help communicate the scope and importance of Early America to our students. This course will provide curriculum ideas that meet state standards for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading teachers of grades K-12.
This course also will provide video, literary and classroom resource ideas for teachers preparing for major themes of the Civil War that can actively engage students around many of the major themes and events of this time period.  Books and videos such as The Red Badge of Courage, Team of Rivals, The Killer Angels, Glory, Gettysburg, will be read or viewed; many of these films are available at local libraries, from NetFlix, in video stores for purchase, and at ESDs. 
You will choose eight (8) videos to view and two (2) novels to read and write a unit plan on how you’ll use some of these in your teaching situation.  In addition to film and literature, this course will also provide classroom resources on the Civil War such as websites that offer interactive maps, lesson plans, art, music, reenactment videos, lectures from leading scholars, etc.


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  1. A broader knowledge of the different video, literatry, and resource possibilities for classroom use associated with the Civil War.
  2. Developed greater skill in how to use videos, literature, and selected classroom resources for teaching purposes.
  3. Planned a comprehensive teaching unit for the Civil War themes that apply to their teaching.
  4. Applied information on Civil War issues to lesson plans (credit only.)

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