Louisa May Alcott | The Civil War

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Louisa May Alcott longed to fight in the Civil War to end the scourge of slavery, but like most nineteenth-century women, was relegated to the ranks of wartime nurses and seamstresses. Learners watch a short dramatization of Alcott's experience during the Civil War, and discuss how the events influenced her future writing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video before reading Little Women, and have them compare Alcott's personality traits to those of Jo March
  • Use as an interdisciplinary bridge between a Civil War unit in social studies
  • Pair the video with the writings it references
Classroom Considerations

  • Video is a dramatized account and documentary, which may be engaging for some learners but off-putting to others

  • Provides auxiliary materials for implementation

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