Social Studies


We will begin our Social Studies journey with Civics and Government! 


The American Civil War 

We will be studying the American Civil War! We are going to examining the causes, important people, and the lasting effects it had on the United States, its people, and its economy. We are in literature circles reading historical fiction that takes place during this same time period. Our novels are:



A Soldier's Heart Gary Paulsen
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Rodman Philbrick
Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis

P eople to know:

Frederick Douglass Robert E. Lee Ulysses S. Grant
Clara Barton Jefferson Davis Stonewall Jackson
Chief Justice Roger Taney Abraham Lincoln  

Enrichment Opportunities:
(Click on the location names to be taken to their respective websites)

1. The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum: Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country.

2. Civil War Voices (a Barter Theatre Production): True stories, real words - the people and the music that shaped America. The stirring and passionate true stories of the people who lived through the greatest conflict in our nation's history as told in their own words and woven with traditional music of the period that will inspire you in ways you never thought possible. This play is filled with the courage, sacrifice, personal suffering and triumph of the people and time that galvanized our nation, giving a perspective on the Civil War that is not contained in any history books. Performance will be at Heritage Hall in Mountain City- September 29th at 7PM.

3. Fort Sumter: (SC) Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor.

4. Greene County Civil War Trail: Greeneville/Greene County is home to six Civil War Trails sites and is participating in the state program with the Department of Tourist Development and Mitch Bowman with the Civil War Trails Program.

5. Civil War Research: Whether you have to write a report, finish a big project or just want to learn more about the Civil War, we can help! Find out why the Civil War is still important today.

6. The Road to Appomattox: A brand new, yet historically accurate, account of Robert E. Lee's final march to Appomattox is brilliantly woven together with a parallel story of the present day lives of a husband and wife. Steve "Beau" Weeks and his wife, Jenny, follow in the footsteps of Lee's final journey. Tuesday, November 8 @ 7 PM. Also at the Heritage Hall in Mountain City.
The Road to Appomattox

The Civil War Scrapbook Project: ( CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENTS)
The project will be fully explained in class, but if you have questions please let me know as soon as they arise. The project is not due until October 7th ( 10 weeks from now, including September break) for a few reasons.

• We are still learning about the Civil War in class and much of what we learn can be used when doing the project

• It requires research that will need to compiled outside of class time. Resources will can be from the school/local libraries, (credible) Internet sources, textbook, or classroom notes and I know that takes time.

• I expect it to be a quality piece of work that will represent all that was learned about the civil war. Rubrics for scoring will be provided.

• Students can choose to get the project done before our September break or choose to use the break time to work on the project. Time management will be a big part of this project!

When your child brings the project home, please take some time to look over it and help them set mini-goals for getting the project done. If they wait until the last week to do this project I guarantee that it will be overwhelming and stress/tear/argument-inducing. Students last year were most successful when they planned one week for each component of the project and then took the last week to assemble it. A little at a time is the best policy for getting it done with minimal stress.

Here is a list of approved sites to use on your Civil War Scrapbook.
(This is not comprehensive, it is just to get you started)

The Civil War for Fifth Graders 
The American Civil War Homepage
The Civil War Trust