Civil War Drummer Boy - Adame

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Unit One: Coming of Age
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Listen to the following FOUR drum beats.
What kind of mood does it put you in?
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Write about a time in your life when music (a
song) affected your mood.
You have 5 minutes
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slavery: the state of being under the control
of another person; making humans property
riveted: fastened or made firm
secession: the withdrawal from the Union of
11 Southern states in the period 1860-61,
which brought on the Civil War
Patriots (the Union): during the Civil War,
the side that was against slavery
Confederates: During the Civil War, the side
that was in support of slavery.
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civil war: a war between political/religious
factions or regions within the same country
Shiloh: site of a bloody Civil War battle in
1862; located in southwest Tennessee.
drummer boy: a young boy who accompanied
troops into battle while playing the drum;
often runaways or orphans.
riveting: holds your attention
benediction: blessing
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compounded: mixed or combined
resolute: showing a firm purpose; determined
basting: the act of moistening food while
cooking
historical setting: a real time and place from
history. Details in the story will indicate the
historical setting (language, dress, customs,
etc.)
mood: the feeling or atmosphere of the work
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Homework: create flash cards for each of your
new vocabulary words using the Vocabulary
Sketches worksheet.
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Word
Definition
Picture to help you remember the definition
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The majority of slaves were located in the South
and worked on cotton plantations.
Slave Codes robbed slaves of their freedom-they
could not carry a gun, strike their master, or even
leave.
Slaves who disobeyed their masters suffered severe
punishment.
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In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th
president of the United States.
In his inaugural address, Lincoln said he would
not abolish slavery, but he would not let it
spread.
From 1860-61, 11 states seceded from the U.S.
and formed the Confederate States of America.
The United States split into two countries: North
(the Union) and South (the Confederates)
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April 6-7, 1862
One of the BLOODIEST battles of the Civil
War
Estimate Casualties: 23, 746 total
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Union: 13, 047
Confederate: 10, 699
Result: Union Victory
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Both the North and the South
had drummer boys.
Drummer boys were usually
young boys too young to do the
fighting
Each company in an infantry
regiment had a musician who
was usually a drummer.
They were relied upon to play
drum beats to call the soldiers
into formation and for other
events.
The most important use of drums
was on the battlefield where they
were used to communicate orders
from the commanding officers
and signal troop movement.
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On April 9, the South surrendered at
Appomattox Courthouse in Richmond,
Virginia. The war was over.
The Union was victorious.
The United States became one country again.
Over 600,000 men on both sides died. Over
1,100,000 were injured. The south was
devastated.
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Pick five (5) of the vocabulary words and use
them in a paragraph.
Be creative! Create your own “story!”
Be sure to underline the vocabulary words!
Your paragraph should demonstrate an
understanding of each word.
Example:
The American Civil War was fought over slavery and
began after the secession of 11 states from the Union.
During the Civil War, each side used a drummer boy
during battle to give commands. Having a good
drummer boy was a benediction to the army since his
beats could determine whether the soldiers lived or
died.
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A noun names a person, animal, place,
thing, or idea. All sentences contain at
least one noun.
Noun
Person
Thing
Example
boy, general, Joby
book, snow, branch, Liberty Bell
Animal
Place
Idea
bird, peacock, Tweety
field, Shiloh, Owl Creek
Freedom, age, silence,
happiness, greed, hate, sadness,
bravery
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A noun can be singular (one individual
thing), plural (more than one thing), or
collective (a group of things acting as a single
unit).
Type
Example
Singular
soldier, person
Plural
soldiers, people
Collective
army, assembly
Copy these quotes onto the Sensory Imaging
worksheet. Place a check (√) in the box showing
which sense the quote appeals to.
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“In silence he listened to his own heart
ruffle away, away-at last gone from his
ears and back in his chest again.” (p. 7)
“Now and again the boy heard a vast
wind come up, that gently stirred the air.”
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“A moth brushed his face, but it was a
peach blossom. A peach blossom flicked
him, but it was a moth.” (pg. 8)
He smelled as all fathers should smell,
of salt sweat, ginger tobacco, horse and
boot leather, and the earth he walked
upon.” (pg. 9)
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“He had many eyes. No, not eyes-brass
buttons that watched the boy.” (pg. 9)
“Owl Creek was full of boys splashing
around in the noonday sun just a few
hours ago. I fear it will be full of boys
again, just floating, at sundown
tomorrow, not caring where the tide
takes them.” (p. 10)
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With a partner (A/D, B/C), re-read pages 11-12.
Find TWO examples of imagery.
Write the quote in the box on your Sensory
Imaging worksheet and check (√) the box that
tells which sense is appealed to.

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