Civil War Slang

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Introduce a lesson on Civil War slang to your class of fresh fish. After looking at pictures from the Civil War and examining the list of slang terms, young historians write a letter to a family member as if they are a Union soldier or a Grayback. Be sure to tell learners to include some slang terms in their letters as they become as fit as a fiddle in using the words. This resource is just plain hunkey dorey!

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Tailor the list of slang words to make it appropriate for the class
  • Search the Internet for more Civil War slang to expand the learning experience
Classroom Considerations
  • Clarify the importance of writing letters in first person
  • Some words may be confusing for learners to understand
Pros
  • A list of slang words is included as well as multiple assessment opportunities
Cons
  • None
Common Core