Students explore some of the words and phrases used during the Civil War and their meanings.
Civil War, slang, definition, word, phrase, vocabulary
computers with Internet access (or printouts of the material from the Web sites referenced below), paper, pens or pencils
Begin by posing the following to students: "Imagine that you are sent back in time to the Civil War. You meet a soldier after a battle and ask him about the war. Do you think you would have any trouble understanding his answer? Do you think people of that period used all the same words and phrases we do today? Let's find out."
Extension Activity: You might have students work on their own or in their groups to use some of the new vocabulary to write a brief conversation that might have taken place on or near the Civil War battlefield.
AssessmentEvaluate students on their ability to write sentences or short paragraphs using words from the Civil War slang and vocabulary lists.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World