The students and teachers of Chalone Peaks Middle School created a great Civil War reenactment last May. Deep learning about our shared history, superb teamwork and great fun defined the day. It was the 18th time Bull Run, Gettysburg and the Civil War camps of both armies were brought to life by all the participants. As usual, I learned from both the students and the history. I would have shared Dave Park’s wonderful photos of our 18th annual event sooner, but I missed the link back in May. Better late than never! Enjoy!
The doctor is in!
Harriet Tubman teaches.
Students and teachers of Chalone Peaks Middle School once again created a great event yesterday. Helped by parents and loyal reenactors, everyone worked together to make the 2018 Civil War reenactment a learning experience without equal. History came alive before young people’s eyes and will live in their minds always.
Author at work (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
Lincoln sharing his thoughts (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
Harriet Tubman revealing the evils of slavery. (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
Confederates advance (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
Union soldiers defend. (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
BOOM! (Photo by Vibeke Hanneman)
Joined in respect at the cemetery
Our Civil War teaches lessons still, important ones about honor, sacrifice and the price of freedom for all. Teachers and re-enactors created a dynamic civics classroom at San Lorenzo Park on May 12th. The students of Chalone Peaks Middle School entered it with energy and intelligence. They emerged with experiences they’ll remember their entire lives, experiences that will be the seeds of good citizenship. We began our day at King City Cemetery by honoring Civil War veterans buried there. Students read “Shiloh”, a great poem by Herman Melville. President Lincoln offered remarks about the difficult, crucial service the soldiers rendered. A rifle volley and taps ended our ceremony. We then marched on to battles, seminars and the Gettysburg Address.
Dave Park took great photos of the day. Please enjoy his work and the efforts of our students.
On the march
Honoring those who served
Pickett’s charge on the 3rd day of Gettysburg
Meeting the charge
Joined hands at war’s end
Students and teachers of Chalone Peaks Middle School close each school year with a history and civics project – a day long reenactment of events from our Civil War. Here are some of Ed Haskell’s great pictures from the 15th annual Civil War reenactment.
Students, teachers, parents and guests honor Civil War veterans interred at King City Cemetery.
Lee and Lincoln greet each other after a the ceremony.
Hostilities commence with a skirmish between pickets.
The Union defends!
Harriet Tubman speaks with students.
President Lincoln addresses the troops
My Lulu Garlic, Contraband was recently recorded and broadcast by KVPR, an NPR affiliate. It is now available as a free podcast and is fifty minutes in length. Here is the link:
The story includes both Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln as main characters. It details events from the last year of our Civil War. Teachers, should you wish to have your students listen to it, I’ve provided listening logs, directed reading assignments, reciprocal teaching assignments and three poster options. I think both the story and the assignments are suitable for 8th graders and up. All are free and here is the link:
A story of mine was chosen for broadcast on NPR and tonight is the night! The program is Valley Writers Read and it begins at seven. If you can’t catch the broadcast, it will be available in the KVPR archives for at least six months. Please pass the good word along! A link to the podcast is below.
P.S. They picked a great reader for the story!
P.P.S. I’ll be putting up lesson plans for this story on TPT in the very near future. I’ll let you all know when I’ve got them ready!