1) Battles: Gettysburg, Antietam, Vicksburg, and Sherman’s March
2) Non-Battles: Lincoln’s Views on Race and Slavery, Internal Conflicts in the South, the New York City Draft Riots, and the Election of 1864
You could set up the game in two different ways:
1) Eight Team Bracket: Set up an eight team bracket, and vote for a winner of each matchup until you arrive at a champion. You could have a “battle” take on a “non-battle” in the first round, or you could have one side of the bracket be the four “battles,” while the other side of the bracket is filled with the four “non-battles.” This would ensure that the final would include a “battle” and a “non-battle.”
2) “Survivor” Style: Conduct the tournament like the television show “Survivor.” This means you vote to eliminate one choice each round. You could have two separate groups – the “battles” and the “non-battles” – then have a final between one from each group. You could also conduct the tournament as one group of eight, and vote to eliminate one choice each round until you have two or three choices left. At that point, you would vote for the winner.
1) Provide written material and facilitate coverage of that material. This could include using the Kahoot! Quiz over the written materials.
2) Set up the bracket and provide the parameters of the game.
3) Facilitate the discussion for each round, and make sure the discussion is balanced.
4) Conduct a fair and honest vote. This might mean setting up a system where students do not have to vote publicly.
5) Keep your opinions a mystery until the game is over – then provide a critique or analysis of the class’ choices if you wish.
1) A Kahoot! quiz is provided over material in the packet. You should be able to access the quiz by going to Kahoot! and searching “Survivor – Turning Points of the Civil War.” My username is “bauerjo.” There are sixteen questions in the quiz – two questions for each of the eight topics in the packet.
2) A “closed sort” is provided with the material. In this activity, students decide which two clues go with each of the eight categories. In this case, there are eight categories with two clues in each category. An answer key is provided.
3) A written quiz is provided over material in the packet.