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Title:
Learning about-- the Civil War : literature and other resources for young people
Author:
Stephens, Elaine C., 1943-
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Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet Professional Publications, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780208024497

9780208024640
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Book

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Summary

This volume offers teachers and others a valuable resource for exploring the subject of the American Civil War with school-age youth. Because of the high level of interest, more books, films, and videos on this period of U.S. history become available every year. Fully annotated, this guide provides a path to appropriate materials, plus learning questions, teaching considerations, and suggested student activities for each focus book included.Chapters present annotated bibliographies arranged thematically on topics such as the conditions that contributed to the climate of Unrest; the issue of slavery and the lives of slaves; leaders of the time; the experiences of people both in battle and on the homefront; and rebuilding the nation. The authors chose over 100 titles as focus books, and 70 more as recommended readings. These include fiction, historical fiction, biographies, informational books, picture books, and poetry. Selections are based on literary quality, historical accuracy, age appropriateness, and reader appeal. A final chapter provides additional resources -- media, web sites, selected museums and historical sites, and other sources. An appendix outlines the National Standards for United States History that pertain to teaching the Civil War era, and shows how each focus book meets those requirements.


Summary

This volume offers teachers and others a valuable resource for exploring the subject of the American Civil War with school-age youth. Because of the high level of interest, more books, films, and videos on this period of U.S. history become available every year. Fully annotated, this guide provides a path to appropriate materials, plus learning questions, teaching considerations, and suggested student activities for each focus book included.

Chapters present annotated bibliographies arranged thematically on topics such as the conditions that contributed to the climate of Unrest; the issue of slavery and the lives of slaves; leaders of the time; the experiences of people both in battle and on the homefront; and rebuilding the nation. The authors chose over 100 titles as "focus books", and 70 more as recommended readings. These include fiction, historical fiction, biographies, informational books, picture books, and poetry. Selections are based on literary quality, historical accuracy, age appropriateness, and reader appeal. A final chapter provides additional resources -- media, web sites, selected museums and historical sites, and other sources. An appendix outlines the National Standards for United States History that pertain to teaching the Civil War era, and shows how each focus book meets those requirements.


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Booklist Review

Drawing on the many resources published for young people about the Civil War, this book selects the best books and other resources for teachers to use in the classroom and suggests how teachers might use them effectively. Beginning with a chapter about using literature to study the war, the text moves on to a series of thematic chapters on six broad topics: America just before the war; the struggle for freedom; people who made a difference; war experiences; the home front; and rebuilding the nation. Each thematic chapter begins with a well-written introduction to the subject, followed by discussions of fiction and nonfiction "focus books" and shorter descriptions of other books on the topic. Each focus book discussion includes an excerpt from the text, an overview of the resource, a summary of its strengths, considerations for teachers, and suggestions for classroom activities. In the last chapter, the authors suggest recordings, videotapes, software, Web sites, museums, historical sites, and teaching aids. This excellent resource offers broad coverage based on extensive research as well as intelligent reflection on issues and a great many practical suggestions. --Carolyn Phelan


Booklist Review

Drawing on the many resources published for young people about the Civil War, this book selects the best books and other resources for teachers to use in the classroom and suggests how teachers might use them effectively. Beginning with a chapter about using literature to study the war, the text moves on to a series of thematic chapters on six broad topics: America just before the war; the struggle for freedom; people who made a difference; war experiences; the home front; and rebuilding the nation. Each thematic chapter begins with a well-written introduction to the subject, followed by discussions of fiction and nonfiction "focus books" and shorter descriptions of other books on the topic. Each focus book discussion includes an excerpt from the text, an overview of the resource, a summary of its strengths, considerations for teachers, and suggestions for classroom activities. In the last chapter, the authors suggest recordings, videotapes, software, Web sites, museums, historical sites, and teaching aids. This excellent resource offers broad coverage based on extensive research as well as intelligent reflection on issues and a great many practical suggestions. --Carolyn Phelan


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