Reflection: Online Resources Civil War Love Letters - Section 3: Closure


This is one of my favorite lessons of the year.  Observing the students as they watch the Sullivan Ballou letter/video is always a treat.  The images projected are of the battlfield and families and although they've been told that there were cameras during the Civil War, many can't help but ask if these are real pictures, over and over. 

Having said this, I had a near disaster this year.  I carefully plan when the Civil War lessons take place so we learn all of the necessary components, and was almost derailed because I depended on youtube.  After so many years of just pulling up this video, it was a shock to find that it has been completely removed due to copyright.  Our library didn't have the DVD set; my audio Civil War soundtrack was skipping, and the videos I had copied off the tv in 1990 were shaking and noisy.  I finally discovered that I could pull up the entire episode and find the exact spot of the letter, which worked fine.  This allowed me to continue on my schedule.  I'll be buying the DVD set because there are many clips in which I depend on youtube with this unit.

Bottom links, any internet links, aren't necessarily forever.  I'll definitely keep this in mind.

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Civil War Love Letters

Unit 17: Civil War in the ELA
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: TSWBAT write letters from the battlefield to a loved one back home.

Big Idea: What will you write? Your words are your legacy.

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