THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR THROUGH SONG
lesson can be executed as a stand alone lesson that will fit into any wider
unit on the wars of the United States.
OVERVIEW: This unit makes
use of the free National Park Service double CD set Songs of the Lower Mississippi Delta, created by the New Orleans
Jazz National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/jazz)
. The park, located in the French Quarter, interprets the origins, early
history, and development of jazz music. The CD is
funded through a grant from the Lower Mississippi
Delta Initiative (www.cr.nps.gov/delta), whose goals are to preserve the
regions’ and natural resources and to enhance heritage tourism within the
region. Please visit www.nps.gov for more
information about the relevant parks.
CD contains a total of 29 songs, many of which are used in lesson plans
available elsewhere on this site.
This unit could be used as part of a larger unit on the
American Civil War, or as an introduction to the war. If used as an introduction,
begin with Civil War Synopsis
(provided). Alternatively, the teacher could use only one, two, or three of the
lessons rather than all five.
CURRICULUM STANDARDS: From
The History Standards Project,
directed by the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS). http://www.uni.edu/icss/standards.html http://nchs.ucla.edu/
LANGUAGE ARTS: From the Common Core State Standards
Initiative http://www.corestandards.org/ . http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards
Era 5 - Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877): Standard 14. Understands the course and
character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people
Level II (Grades 5-6)
Understands the technological, social, and
strategic aspects of the Civil War (e.g., the impact of innovations in military
technology; turning points of the war; leaders of the Confederacy and Union;
conditions, characteristics, and armies of the Confederacy and Union; major
areas of Civil War combat)
Level IV (Grades 9-12)
Understands military events that influenced
the outcome of the Civil War (e.g., the "hammering campaigns" of
Generals Grant and Sherman, the wartime leadership of Jefferson Davis and
The lesson is also applicable to grades 7 and 8, as it
will familiarize students with a specific battle of the Civil War.
• Knows the geographic
factors that have influenced people and events in the past (e.g., the effects
of the site of a Civil War battle on the course of the conflict.)
Key Ideas and Details
Read closely to determine what the text says
explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual
evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Craft and Structure
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are
used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings,
and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
9. Analyze how two or more texts address
similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches
the authors take.