New Social Studies Focus: Civic Mindedness: Civil War (Grades 4 - 12)

Civic Mindedness: Civil War

Grades 4-12

This program is now available via Zoom!

This program evokes the connection between Walt Whitman and his personal
experience with the Civil War, how it impacted him, influenced his poetry, led to
his great compassion for others and why he was known as the Poet of Democracy.
Whitman often spoke of the importance of the Civil War in Leaves of Grass. In
addition, he penned “Drum Taps,” a sequence of 43 poems about the Civil War
which explored his emotional experience of the Civil War of excitement, doubt,
direct observation, compassion, and involvement with wounded soldiers. Walt
spent a year with wounded Civil War soldiers, writing letters for them. Walt also
had a deep admiration for President Lincoln.

On school visits, students tour the authentic 19th c. farmhouse in which Walt was
born. In the modern Interpretive Center, students watch a 10-minute Poetry
Foundation video about Whitman’s pioneering poetry, celebrated for its distinctly
American style. Students will read excerpts from his poetry related to the Civil
War, including “O Captain! My Captain!” and “Beat! Beat! Drums!” In addition,
they will read two letters that Walt penned on behalf of injured soldiers. Teachers
will select beforehand to write a poem or to write a letter for a person who could
use their help and support.

Teachers receive a civic resource curriculum packet prior to their class trip and may continue related activities back in their classroom.

Estimated time: 2.5 hours

Zoom ........................................... Flat rate of $150/class

IN PERSON:

Monday – Friday ........................Minimum Fee $150

$8.50/student .............................(December and January)

$9.50/student .............................(all other months)

Estimated time: 2.5 hours

To register for the program, contact Dr. Kelly Ronayne at 631-427-5240, ext. 113 or email educator@waltwhitman.org

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