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Library of Congress: Civil War Photographs - The Mathew Brady Bunch

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

In this activity, students become reporters, assigned to sort through photographs and find one that will bring the war alive to their readers. They write a newspaper article based on their chosen photograph and publish it on the Internet. This project is meant to be incorporated into a broad unit on the Civil War. The project will work best if it is started in the latter part of the unit. That way, students will have some background knowledge about the events of the war.

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  1. Visit the Example Web Site (link above) and make sure that the site is not blocked at your school.
  2. Preview the site and review the lesson plan Preparation and Procedure sections for the lesson. (Select the Preparation or Procedure links on the page.)
  3. Make copies of needed handouts/worksheets.


A detailed Procedure section is included in the online lesson plan. Refer to it for the "How To" section.


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.