Activity 1:
Beliefs About War
 

Throughout the book Soldier's Heart, Charley's beliefs about war change several times. You will discover your beliefs about war and those of your classmates. Everyone will have an opportunity to support their own beliefs and the beliefs of their gender through the use of book materials and Internet resources.

Task

What are your beliefs about war? Answer the questions in Process and Resources to determine what you believe.

Process and Resources

On a separate peice of writing paper, number 1-10. Create two columns, one labeled "Yes" and the other labeled "No". Answer each of the ten statements about war. Put a check mark in the "Yes" or "No" column if you agree or disagree with the statement:

1. War is crazy.

2. War is always bad.

3. War is fun and exciting.

4. War is sometimes necessary.

5. Big wars are bad but little wars are okay.

6. In a war there are "good guys" and "bad guys."

7. In a war everybody thinks his side is right.

8. I think it would be exciting to fight in a war.

9. I don't ever want to be in a war.

10. War should always be the last result of a conflict.

 

Project Guidelines

Use the following guidelines for completing your project:

  • Create a spreadsheet document using your answers to the above statements and those of your classmates. You may use Appleworks, Claris Works, or Microsoft Excel to complete the spreadsheet.
    • There will be seven column headings.
      • The fisrt column should be labeled: Question #
      • The next two will be labeled: Yes then No. These will be your responses to the questions.
      • The next two will be labeled: Girl Yes then Girl No. These will be the girls' responses to the questions.
      • The next two will be labeled: Boy Yes then Boy No. These will be the boys' responses to the questions.
    • The spreadsheet will contain eleven rows.
      • The first row will be the column headings.
      • The next ten rows will coincide with the question numbers.
  • Once you have completed the spreadsheet and the entire class is done, compare and contrast your beliefs about war with those of your classmates. Compare your responses to the girls' responses and compare your responses to the boys responses. This will be done in paragraph form and typed.
  • Compare and contrast your beliefs about war with individuals from the Civil War. Use text resources, internet resources, and audio resources to make your comparisons and contrasts. This will be done in paragraph form and typed. Below is a list of possible resources:
  • Evaluation
    • Compare/Contrast Classmate - Total Points = 100
      • Topic Paragraph - 10 pts
      • Compare Girl - 15 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Contrast Girl - 15 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Compare Boy - 15 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Contrast Boy - 15 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Conclusion Paragraph - 20 pts (minimum of 7 sentences)
      • Typing - 10 pts
        • 0-3 errors = 10 pts
        • 4-6 errors = 7 pts
        • 7-9 errors = 4 pts
        • 10 + errors = 0 pts
    • Compare/Contrast Civil War Individuals - Total Points = 150
      • Topic Paragraph - 10 pts
      • Compare - 25 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Contrast - 25 pts (minimum of 5 sentences)
      • Conclusion Paragraph - 30 pts (minimum of 7 sentences)
      • Typing - 10 pts (see C/C Classmate)
      • Lists references - 10 pts
      • Resources used with citation - 20 pts
        • 6 + resources (at least one internet & one audio tape) = 30 pts
        • 4-5 resources (at least one internet) = 25 pts
        • 2-3 resources (at least one internet) = 20 pts
        • 1 resource = 15 pts

Conclusion

  • The students will share their findings in small groups.
    • The students will discuss their comparisons and contrasts. Those between their fellow classmates and those found from the individuals who participated in the Civil War.
  • The students will discuss what was most difficult during this project and what was rewarding.
  • The students will discuss what they learned about their own beliefs about war.
 
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