- Materials 1 for 11th grade/English III
- Maggie Dillon
- Library of Congress; Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Civil War Collections
- Library of Congress
I would use this in my unit on Southern Literature for an 11th grade English III class. This media resource helps to achieve the following Common Core State Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7:Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in a different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphic, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings. reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
In order to facilitate learning, I’d distribute the link to this collection to my students on a day we can be in a computer lab. Each student would be allowed to peruse the albums about the Civil War, looking at the pictures and reading the information that goes along with them. As they go along, I’d like students to journal about their findings; facts, reactions to the photos, questions, links, other information they found, and other initial responses they may have as they go through the collections. While doing this, students are getting more writing practice, learning about a time in American History (11th Grade is American Literature and US History) which will be valuable to their upcoming experiences with the texts in the Southern Literature unit. I would use this collection of materials in my class because I think it’d be a nice introductory activity to the Civil War portion of the Southern Literature unit. Students would be able to get a feel for what the time period was like, how people lived, what the war was like, how the economy was, the state of the American people and countless other insights to the setting of the literary works we will be exploring.
As a result of implementing this material, Students should…..
- Know: More facts about the Civil War, how people lived, dressed, ate, fought, traveled, communicated, and any other general facts/information about the time period.
- Understand: How the Civil War period differs from our own time, how physical and political environment of the time period may have influenced the writers and texts we will read
- Do: Apply this knowledge to better understand the literature we read in class, write a one page summary about what they learned and their reactions to this information.