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History or Novel?

Michael Shaara opens The Killer Angels with a note to the reader and explains that while he “condensed some of the action . . . eliminated some minor characters . . . had to choose between conflicting viewpoints,” he did not knowingly violate the action or consciously change any fact. He also notes that the interpretation of the characters is his own. While Shaara no doubt strove to preserve the “spirit” of the action, the very act of interpreting and adjusting things for dramatic effect makes the story fiction.

D. Scott Hartwig, author of A Killer Angels Companion, sums up the dilemma: “Shaara’s story is told so well, his character portrayals so believable, that the unknowing reader might believe what they are reading is history.” Hartwig, Donald C. Pfanz, Glenn Tucker, and others who have studied Gettysburg in great detail, show through their writings that the novel and facts differ in a number of places. The Killer Angels is a great work of historical fiction, but fiction is not and never will be history itself.
-- From Cliff Notes

While reading the novel, think about/ take notes on:

-leaders: attitudes, actions, relationships
-troop movements/ positioning

-importance of the high ground
-who is winning/ where

-major events in the battle
-featured landmarks

-reasons for fighting



Resources

Pictures and Images of the Civil War
Civil War Imageshttp://valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/Images/search_images.html


Group Project Pages

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Assignment

Each group will teach their section of the book to the class. They may choose to focus on a specific element or aspect of their section (example: woman's role in war) or they may concentrate on the actual events that occured in their section.

Product

-- Create a meaningful lesson to present information about the novel.

-- A step-by-step lesson plan that details how they will use the entire class period.
Visit http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/Guide.shtml to get a better understanding of how to write a lesson plan. The format provided on each group's page was adapted from this site.

-- Evaluate each member of your group based on the outlined job duties and responsibilities.

Directions

A page has been made for each group. Here you will find the detailed directions. It is the expectation of the groups to maintain and update their progress on their group page.

1- Look over the lesson plan template that was pre-typed on your page.

2- Before you even think about doing anything... Write a detailed explanation of your goals and objectives.

3- Select a theme that you can center your project around. Add an explanation of your theme to your lesson plan.

4- Using the discussion tab on your page, create a discussion topic for your members to talk about your projects.

5- Using the discussion tab on your page, create a discussion topic where your group will assign roles/jobs to each member of the group. While the group will need to agree on each member's role/job, the member is the one that needs to post what they are going to do. In addition to the specific role/job, you will need to include how that member and the group will evaluate the members preformance of their role/job.