Theme Project: The Civil War has ended. You have survived it. A historian asks you to tell how the war changed your life.

1. Choose a Character Create a character who lived through the Civil War. Think about your character. Is your character a Northerner or Southerner? A soldier, enslaved person, or civilian? Write a brief description of your character on the lines below.

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2. Create a Chart How did the Civil War affect your character? As you work through the unit, keep track of what you learn about the Civil War. Make a list of the important events and people of the Civil War. Take notes on how different people and regions were changed following the war.

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Now use your list and notes to make a chart with the headings “Before” and “After.” Use it to describe your character's life before and after the war.

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3. Write a Story Write a short story about your character's experience before and after the Civil War. Make sure to include in your story what your character saw and did before, during, and after the war. Also describe how the region in which your character lives has changed.

As you write, check off each step below as you complete it.

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  • Grammar checked
  • Classmate review completed
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4. Make a Recording Make a tape recording of your character's thoughts on the Civil War. These can be recordings of poems, diary entries, or letters that your character has written.

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5. Role-Play Your Character Share your character's Civil War experiences with your classmates by giving a speech in-character, reading your story, being interviewed, or playing your tape recordings.