Doing Difficult Work

On Tuesday we began a 3-day lesson on Civil War Battles. This is a difficult lesson because understanding the battles requires students to sort through a number of different primary sources and maps, decide which is important, and skim for the important details, and draw conclusions. This is a multi-taking nightmare, and that’s the point. The CCSS ask us to help prepare students for realistic work with more difficult, complex tasks. This is one of them. While we’re learning about new content (who won important battles, who lead, and why they matter), we’re also trying to improve the skills of identifying good sources and finding the important information within them. 

We began on Tuesday with this powerpoint: 

Then used this template from within the same power point to collect our information.