During the course of the Civil War, more than 90,000 Texans served in the Confederate Army. Some fought in the Eastern Theater under General Lee, while others fought in the Western Theater, mostly under inept leadership. This product gives your students 5 letters from a Texas officer, E.T. Broughton of the 7th Texas. He wrote many letters during the war, but I selected 5 for your students to read. In these he deals with sickness, the anxiety of not receiving letters from home, battles, and much more. In this activity the students will read each letter. You then have a choice as to what you want them to do. There are three possible assignments you can give them with the letters, or you can give them all three. The first is a graphic organizer where they summarize each letter, and list the fears/worries of TE Broughton in that particular letter. The next assignment is 5 questions that relate to the letters as a whole, with some questions requiring evidence from the text. The final option is writing a letter in response to Broughton as one of his family members. Put your students into the mind of one of the millions that experienced the most uncertain time in our nation's history. They are sure to enjoy it! By the way, if your students are wondering, Broughton did survive the war and make it home to his family!
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