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 a summary of the course syllabus
• After determining your assignment choices, select books from the lists in Assignments 3
and 4. You may select alternate books with instructor’s prior approval.
• Price of texts varies. Some texts can be found on books.google.com or Amazon.
Elementary teachers! Become a technology leader for your professional team and inspire your students. Develop lessons using free online curriculum-rich resources that will engage students in every core subject. Not only will you learn to access an amazing amount of online resources, you will learn new innovative ways to apply them to your current professional assignment.
Enhance your K-12 Civil War teaching using the books and videos suggested in this course. This innovative course includes a resource file on the Civil War featuring web pages with interactive maps, lesson plans, art, music, reenactment videos, and lectures from leading scholars. Teachers will find ways to actively engage students around many of the major themes and events of this time period.
This course is based on the required text, "Qualities of Effective Teachers" by James Stronge. Stronge’s work emphasizes that the classroom teacher is a person that makes the biggest difference in studies of effectiveness. Also covered are classroom management, curriculum development, lesson delivery. follow-up checklists and ‘red flags’ of ineffective teaching.