Social Studies: Civil War Correspondents Students imagine themselves as part of a civil war photography team with this illustrative project! Time Needed: 30 minutes Supplies Needed: Tri-Fold Display Board Markers (permanent markers) School Glue Stick history books, Internet access, encyclopedia drawing paper Instructions 1. Explain to students that Matthew Brady was a famed Civil War photographer who photographed experiences during the war to preserve for future times. 2. Ask each student to imagine they are part of Brady's Civil War photography team. Their assignment is to "photograph" something that happens during the war and then write an article about it for the newspaper. Have students choose one of the following suggestions: o You interview Robert E. Lee. What does he say about the war and leading the Confederate army? o You witness the battle of Monitor and the Merrimack. Describe the ships and the battle between them. o President Abraham Lincoln just gave the Gettysburg Address. Summarize what Lincoln said. What do you think of his speech? o You interview a black soldier who is part of the Union army. What does he say about his time in the army? What hardships has he faced? 3. Have students gather information about their chosen topic using the research materials. Instruct them to write about the topic and then use Markers to draw an illustration of the person or event on a sheet of drawing paper. Invite them to print additional photos from the Internet or draw additional images to accompany the article. 4. Have each student use Glue Stick to attach their writing and pictures to an Tri-Fold Display Board to put on display. Teaching Tips: Use in conjunction with a study of the Civil War. Use to teach significant aspects of the lives and accomplishments of selected people in history. Assess students' use of multiple resources to locate information relevant to a topic. Use to assess students' ability to summarize, organize, and interpret information gathered from multiple resources. Have students who chose the same topic share their projects to compare and contrast their illustrations and written responses. Have students give oral presentations of their projects.