Civil War week, had I been on the ball


April would be a great month to study the Civil War, what with all the Civil War anniversaries of high import.

April 14 is the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham LincolnApril 9 is the anniversary of Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, and April 12 is the anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

But of course, we studied the Civil War in our U.S. history classes last fall, in the first six weeks, as a review of what the students were supposed to get in 8th grade.

In your classroom, how do you deal with anniversaries when they are out of the current course of study?  How have you seen it done well?

The Surrender, by Keith Rocco - image from National Park Service

The Surrender, by Keith Rocco – image from National Park Service, via Pillar to Post

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Below the fold, the identities of the soldiers in Rocco’s painting above.

Key to identify soldiers in Rocco's painting, "The Surrender," about Lee's Surrender

Key to identify soldiers in Rocco’s painting, “The Surrender,” about Lee’s Surrender – National Park Service image

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