What do we know?
I know that slavery ended after the Civil War. I know almost everything about slaves and slavery. The Civil War was an American war. It was The North vs The South of the U.S.A. Abraham Lincoln was president at the time and he wanted to abolish slavery. The northern states supported him, but the southern states disagreed. The underground railroad was a series of routes that took slaves in plantations to the northern states. It's a very dangerous route to freedom because not only it's illegal and if you get caught the punishment would be terrible if you get caught, it's the easiest way to freedom. The underground railroad included running through forests, secret passageways, valleys, and unoccupied areas.
What do we want to know?
I want to learn more about the
Civil War. I want to know about specific battles, where they were fought, how many people fought them, and how were they fought. I want to know more details about the war, like who enforced it, who were the generals of the armies, and what there uniforms looked like. I also want to know what were the common jobs for people who weren't slaves and what they wore. I want to know about specific routes and paths used in the underground railroad.
How will I learn the information?
I will try to search my specific questions on the web and find many resources for information.
What did we learn?
I learned more about the Union and Confederate armies, like who led them. Many people were generals of the Union army, but not at the same time. The actual leader and commander of the army was Ulysses S. Grant. He made the laws and restrictions for the army as well as recruiting and dividing it. The generals positioned and commanded them on the battlefield. Robert E. Lee was the general, leader, and commander for the Confederate army. I now have an idea of the Confederate's point of view on the Civil War. They were against ending slavery because they needed slaves to run factories and harvest crops. Most plantations were and still are in the South. They didn't have enough people to do those jobs, so they had slaves. They didn't pay them because they didn't have the money. I also found out that the Union army wasn't winning the whole time in the Battle of Gettysburg, but clawed there way to victory when they were beaten by the Confederate army two of the three days.
What action did we take?
I think people should learn about American history because you should know about your own country. I also believe that kids in other countries should learn about their own country. By posting this blog post, people can see the story I wrote and learn about the Civil War. If they want, I could read the book out loud and have a discussion about what we learned.
What questions do we still have?
I still have a few lingering questions, like who agreed that Robert E. Lee should surrender to the Union. I'm also wondering what would have happened if the Confederate party won the war.
This project was harder than I thought it would be. I struggled finding information that was easy for me to understand. Also, there isn't much information or primary sources since the Civil War happened so long ago. Writing my story was hard because I have never taken information and twisted it into some sort of plot and story. Although the difficulties, it was very fun. Just like reading, writing zones me out of the real world and sucks me into a world about my characters and what I write. Every second in that world is determined by me because I write the story. I think that people need to learn how to write well not only to experience the joy of it, but also because in the future, no matter what job you have, you will have to write papers all the time. Even if its e-mailing your boss, it still takes writing skills. People should learn about the Civil War because if you live in the USA, you need to learn about her past. The Civil War was one of the most important wars in USA history because it decided if we would be two separate countries, the Union and the Confederacy. It also determined if slavery would be legal in the USA or not. I think next passion time, I will choose a topic that I will have lots of information on to not repeat round 1's struggles for me.