I've posted a host of links and a little bit of reflection regarding our study of the Civil War for Junie B.'s 4th grade program, over at my planning site, In My Backyard. We've already sunk our teeth in a bit, reading stories and having discussions re: slavery, Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad, and are just finishing up a shared reading of The Perilous Road. Tomorrow is our last day of the first quarter and we'll be putting most formal lessons on hold for the next week, but our readings will continue (Across Five Aprils is next up!). Today and tomorrow we'll get a good headstart on our timeline for Junie's Lapbook, focusing on the events that led up to the Civil War.
For general information, I'm going with selected chapters from Vols 5-7 of Joy Hakim's A History of US, because it has a wonderful story-telling style that I think addresses the issues behind the Civil War very sensitively. (Her books have been criticized by some as taking a decidedly "liberal" or "P.C." slant, but that really doesn't concern me right now. I think she does a nice job articulating the issues. Maybe, at least in this case, her slant appeals to me?) In any case, I think the series provides a good starting point for discussion.
It's a very interesting study, and we even have a sort of "personal connection" that I'm especially excited about! I hope to share more about that over the next several weeks.
I hope some will find this helpful! If you've recently studied the Civil War with younger kids and have some good links to share, I'd love to hear about them, too!