A House Divided: The Civil War Homefront
Students work in small groups to analyze sets of Civil War-era primary sources, including photographs, manuscripts and sheet music. They make inferences about the short-term and long-term consequences of the Civil War for those on the homefront based on primary source evidence. Students synthesize and express their learning by writing a letter from the perspective of a civilian during the war.
After completing this learning activity, students will be able to:
- Analyze primary sources in different formats
- Draw conclusions using evidence from primary sources
- Synthesize information to create a letter or diary entry from a civilian’s perspective about life during the Civil War
Two 45-minute class periods.
Recommended Grade Range
Civil War, Homefront
Standard 1. (Writing) Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
Standard 2. (Writing) Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing
United States History
Standard 14. (Era 5—Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)) Understands the course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people
Adapted from “A House Divided: The Civil War Home Front in Tennessee,” a lesson plan created by Rebecca Byrd, New Center School, Sevier County, Tennessee
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