Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?


Bibliography: Written by Jim O’Connor, Illustrated by John Mantha, Grosser & Dunlap, New York, 2013, 106 pgs.

Reading Level:  Interest Level Grade 3-7, Lexile Level and DRA Level Unavailable

Synopsis: This informational, chapter book tells the detailed sequence of events in the victory of the Union during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.  This Union victory proves to be the turning point in the Civil War.  The book gives a timeline of the events of the battle, detailed information about important figures in the battle, photographs from the time period, and maps provided to understand the progression of the battle.  

Classroom Rationale:  This book would be helpful in teaching students about the Civil War and specifically, the Battle of Gettysburg.  Students can compare video accounts of the Civil War to the events in the text.  Students can use the text to create a timeline of events during the Battle as well as the Civil War.

Common Core:  Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more events in historical text using information from the text (RI 5.3).  Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent (RI 5.6).


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This entry was posted on June 19, 2013 by in Chapter Books, Informational Texts and tagged , , , , .

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