Civil War Animal Mascots

A pet can offer comfort, friendship, and loyalty in the most stressful of situations. Here is a lesson plan that explores the important role animals played during the Civil War. Class members read informative texts, complete a KWL chart, a Venn diagram, and analyze images. Two assessment are offered to check for understanding. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a representative from the Humane Society or other animal service to speak to the class about pets and the positive effects they have on their humans
  • Create a packet consisting of the included materials for easy references throughout the lesson 
  • Assign discussion questions on a classroom blog 
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required
  • Scholars should be familiar with, or currenlty learning about, the Civil War 
Pros
  • The anticipatory set sparks pupil engagement by relating the topic to their personal thoughts and feelings 
  • Extension activities are provided   
Cons
  • Typos are present, but do not interfere with the overall understanding of the text 
  • The history video referenced does not have a direct link, and is difficult to locate on the general website listed