Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Civil War Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Visit the Civil War Trust to get ideas for turning this event into a teaching moment. Also, check out Reading the Civil War, from the CiRCE Institute, for helpful suggestions about how to approach what can be a daunting task: teaching your children about the Civil War.

Is one of your children a history buff? Then you might be interested in this opportunity from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the History Channel:

...high school students who know their Civil War history will get a chance to compete for a college scholarship as part of an initiative announced today by education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HISTORY, the cable network. The National Civil War Student Challenge, a timed online competition, will award more than $30,000 in college scholarships, including $15,000 for the grand prize winner.

The online quiz will be conducted April 7-9, with the 30 top-scoring finalists invited to take an in-school final exam. (source: Civil War Anniversary Spurs Educational Activities, EdWeek)

More information is available from and Houghton Mifflin. The official rules call for students to be "enrolled" in 9th-12th grade, and there is no mention either including or excluding home school students. If you're interested, consider contacting the sponsor to find out if your students can participate.

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