Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. InThe Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America,readers ages 12 to 15 explore America's Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more than 700,000 soldiers dead.
- Uses an inquiry-based approach in which readers define the problem, pose questions, and creatively work through different solutions about topics related to the Civil War.
- Helps readers make connections between the history of slavery and present day race relations.
This series is a cool way for middle school-aged students to do research and form their own opinions on controversial topics in American history. Use a smartphone or tablet app to scan QR codes to find primary source documents online to inform yourself and back up your opinions. A timeline lays out the facts of the event to give an overview for the reader. The text is interesting and readable, broken up with color graphics and photos. Vocabulary is occasionally pointed out in the margins as “vocab labs.” As facts are presented, questions are posed to the reader, encouraging them to form their own viewpoint. It feels like a safe way to let students use the internet for research and investigation. These would be a good introduction to research and debate. Sc, 120pp ~Sara