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Title: Women of the Civil War

Women of the Civil War
  • A Web Quest of a Union Nurse, a Confederate Spy
    and an Abolitionist
  • Created by Mrs. Owens

What is a Web Quest?
  • A classroom-based lesson in which most or all of
    the information that students explore and
    evaluate comes from the World Wide Web

  • America has never been as divided as it was in
    the years surrounding the Civil War. They were
    terrible times for so many the slaves who
    suffered under the oppression of racism, the
    whites who took on the cause of abolition and
    paid dearly. There were the politicians who
    struggled every day to keep the country united.
    Then there were the soldiers who fought for their
    armys ideals.

Introduction (cont.)
  • What about women during the Civil War?
  • When the war broke out the entire sphere of the
    womans world changed. With fathers, husbands,
    sons and brothers going off to join the ranks,
    women had to change their way of thinking in
    order to survive. Women served as nurses,
    housing troops, spies, laundresses, vivandieres,
    Christian commission workers, Abolitionists,
    newspaper writers, and even undercover soldiers.

  • The year is 1861 and the Civil War has begun.
    It is time to walk in someone elses shoes and
    experience how your life will never be the same.
    You are going to portray the life of an
    extraordinary woman from the Civil War. Good
    luck on your quest to discovery!

  • You will portray the life of a woman from the
    Civil War in front of the class.
  • The presentation should last around ten minutes.
  • You will write a short description about your
    role within the group (one page maximum).

  • You will be assigned to a group of six students
  • Group 1 Clara Barton
  • Group 2 Rose ONeal Greenhow
  • Group 3 Sojourner Truth

Well-behaved women seldom make history
Clara Barton
Sojourner Truth
Rose ONeal Greenhow
Process (cont.)
  • You will be selected a shared role in which you
    are responsible for. Here are the roles
  • Role 1 Life before the Civil War
  • Role 2 Position/Occupation during the Civil War
  • Role 3 I organized the American Red Cross
    (Clara Barton/Group 1)
  • I wrote the memoir, Imprisonment
    (Rose ONeal Greenhow/Group 2)
  • I wrote the famous speech, Aint I a
    Woman (Sojourner Truth/Group 3)

Process (cont.) Role 1
  • Life before the Civil War
  • When and where she was born
  • Family background
  • Childhood/Youth information
  • Education background
  • When and where she died
  • Other interesting facts (E.g. religious beliefs,
    nicknames, stories, etc.)

Process (cont.) Role 2
  • Position/Occupation During the Civil War
  • What was her contribution to the war? What did
    she serve as?
  • How did she contribute to war efforts?
  • What side did she belong to? (E.g. Union or
  • Include years and battles if possible
  • Other interesting facts during her time in the
    Civil War (E.g. battle stories, missions,
    tragedies, captures, etc.)

Process (cont.) Role 3
  • Clara Barton
  • I organized the American Red Cross
  • What is the American Red Cross?
  • How did she achieve this?
  • Work as President of the American Red Cross (E.g.
    crises, disaster relief, war, etc.)
  • Other interesting facts

Process (cont.) Role 3
  • Rose ONeal Greenhow
  • I wrote a memoir called Imprisonment
  • What was the book about?
  • Mysterious story about her death and how this
    book was related
  • Include a quote from the book

Process (cont.) Role 3
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Gave a famous speech called, Aint I a Woman?
  • When and where was the speech given?
  • Who was the audience?
  • Was the speech popular among listeners?
  • Include the speech during the presentation
  • Be mindful of speech/dialect of Southern slaves!

Process (cont.)
  • You will use predetermined websites provided in
    the Resources section
  • Your group will portray a Civil War woman in
    front of the class
  • Each group member must present his role as if he
    were the actual woman from the Civil War (E.g.
    using I statements, get creative even use an
    accent if you dare!)

Resources Clara Barton Links
  • http//americancivilwar.com/women/Clara_Barton/Cla
    ra_Barton_Picture_Gallery.html Picture Gallery
  • http//www.civilwarhome.com/bartonbio.htm Role
  • http//www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/clarabarto
    n.html Role 1
  • http//www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm072.html
    Role 2
  • http//www.nps.gov/clba/forkids/upload/cbsupplies.
    pdf Role 2
  • http//www.redcross.org/museum/history/claraBarton
    .asp Role 3
  • http//www.redcross.org/museum/registry/profile.as
    p?id33 Role 3

Resources Rose ONeal Greenhow Links
  • http//www.civilwarhome.com/greenhowbio.htm Role
  • http//americancivilwar.com/women/greenhow.html
    Role 1
  • http//americancivilwar.com/women/rg.html Role 2
  • http//www.sameshield.com/spies/greenhow.html
    Role 2
  • http//docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/greenhow/greenhow.html
    Role 3

Resources Sojourner Truth Links
  • http//www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/trut-soj.htm
    Role 1
  • http//www.civilwarhome.com/truthbio.htm
    Role 1
  • http//www.greatwomen.org/women.php?actionviewone
    id158 Role 2
  • http//www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/trut-soj.htm
    Role 2
  • http//race.eserver.org/aint-i-a-woman.html
    Role 3
  • http//www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/sojtruth-woman.
    html Role 3

  • You will be graded individually (whether you
    completed your role)
  • And as a group (Group Presentation)

Evaluation Rubric
  • Good luck on your quest! If you have questions,
    ASK! I am here to support you.
  • If the first woman God ever made was strong
    enough to turn the world upside down all alone,
    these together ought to be able to turn it back
    and get it right side up again
  • Sojourner Truth

  • http//www.favorite-famous-quotes.com/famous-civil
  • http//www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/jw3u/WomensRole
  • http//www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/web
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