by Daniel Makal, WLC
This WebQuest is a depiction of troop movements during the Battle of Gettysburg. Students are to recreate the Battle of Gettysburg and create alternative movements of the battalions to make the South win the war. Students must know who commanded what unit with how many soldiers they were in charge of. Students must take in to consideration the topigraphical and land formations in the battle grounds.
This exercise has been designed for students to look at the facts and strategies used atand the Battle of Gettysburg. The emphasis of the exercise is for students to be able to understand the limitations and advantages of the battle in regards to topigraphical landscapes and troop movement. More often than not, students learn about history by reading facts about events and then reguritating the information. Using alternative history to envoke a change in thought process is often a good tool to use to have students look at historical facts in a different perspective. Most classrooms in what are now Union states learn about the Civil War through the eyes of the Union storytellers. This exercise challenges these thoughts and tries to teach the students how to look at certain events in a different light and how certain events, if altered by a decision or two, could have changed the face of the country as we know know it.
This exercise is designed to challenge students into thinking like a rebel general and learning how to decifer the challenges of attacking troops with strategic advantages that you don't have. We want students to think about how they can acccomplish their goal of defeating the Union without sacrificing the realistic facts and numbers in order for their side to prevail. Essentailly, what strategic move(s) will the students make to win, given they know what they already know about the Union's positions and numbers of troops.