<span style="font-weight: 400;">This newspaper is all about the Civil War. It is aligned with the standards for the Virginia Studies. Students are familiar with the text because they receive one each week on the different topics for social studies. This newspaper focuses on the Civil War in general. It has an article on the war in Virginia, battles at sea, and the fight at the home front. </span>
I identified this text as a Fry Readability Graph Reading Level 6.
Use in Class
Even though the readability is higher than fourth grade, I will have the students buddy read this paper together. We have read these newspapers all year. They are familiar with the format of the papers. The students will buddy read these and get more information on Robert E. Lee, the Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), Stonewall Jackson, the Battle of Fredericksburg, and Richmond and Appomattox. After reading, they will share interesting facts they learned and if they have any more questions. Then we will use this knowledge to help with our interactive notebook. The newspaper covers all the standards for the Civil War. VS.7 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by explaining the major events and the differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia; describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia; and describing the roles of American Indians, whites, enslaved African Americans, and free African Americans.This will be used in the Preparation phase of PAR.