Civil War Diorama
CIVIL WAR DIORAMA PROJECT
Congratulations! You have just been hired by the Smithsonian
History Museum to create a diorama on one of the main Civil War
battles. Your job will be to create a diorama on a battle from the
ones listed below. Dioramas need to be the size of a poster board,
appoximatly 22x28 inches. No pre-created items can be purchased
from the store such as buildings, army men, trees, bushes, fencing,
weapons, and animals. Instead students should use their creativity
and create their own items to depict the battle.
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Bull Run
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Vicksburg
Naval Battle: The Merrimack v The Monitor
You also need to design a poster board to place with your
diorama that demonstrates your groups knowledge of the civil war
and more specifically the battle you chose for your diorama. Each
poster board must be creatively designed and include images. To
complete the poster board each person in the group is responsible
for researching one topic to discuss on the plaque. Then each group
member will write a 250-500 word summary of the information they
have researched. You can discuss anything about the battle
including but not limited to uniforms, weapons, generals leading
the battle or strategies. What you choose to report is up to you.
Each students summarymust be presented using foldables (You will be
given directions on this foldable by Mrs. Albers to complete in
Dates & Deadlines
This project is interdisciplinary between both English and
Social Studies. Groups will be chosen within your classes by Mrs.
Albers. Once in your groups you will choose the battle you will
create a diorama for. You will tell Mrs. Albers your battle choice
by Tuesday May 19th. Each group in a class must choose a different
battle. Once you have chosen a project you may not switch projects.
Each project is worth 100 pts.
The Final project will be due the morning of Friday May 29th,
2014. You will be presenting this in front of the entire 8th
ITEMS TO POSSIBLY DISCUSS ON PLAQUE
General Robert E. Lee
General Thomas Jackson
General Ulysses S. Grant
54th Massachusetts Regiment
Women in the War
Fall of Vicksburg
General George Pickett
General George McClellan
General Phillip Sheridan
General William Tecumseh Sherman
Names of group members:
Complete the following about your group work:
1.We encourage everyone as a group.
2.We shared out ideas.
3.We responded to each others' ideas even if we did not agree
4.We checked with other group members to make sure they
understood what we said and our reason for saying it.
5.We used our time efficiently to complete our tasks.
6.If you had to give your group a letter grade (A,B,C,D) what
would it be? And why? Please support your reasoning with
DIORAMA COMPONENTS Total = 100%
Each group member will be responsible for creating at least one
part of the diorama and assisting in the creation of all the other
parts of the diorama for your group.
Part of diorama you create= 30%
You must create one aspect of the diorama yourself and be able
to explain its historical significance.
Part of the diorama you assist in creating =
Assist in a clear introduction of topic and conclusion on
Should be free of spelling/grammar errors
Bibliography on separate piece of paper attached to diorama
Research = 10%
Website Credibility Evaluation Form
2 of your sources must be from a credible website
Groups will create a diorama and plaque as their final product.
They will be asked to assess their group work, on how well they
shared ideas, and balanced responsibilities.
Diorama and Plaque = 40%
Diorama Layout - Must be the size of a poster board if laid down
flat (22 in by 28 in). It should look/feel like battlefield.
Complete with historical accuracy of the land the battle was fought
on, the uniforms soldiers wore, and the weapons being used.
Plaque Layout - Needs to be 500 words written in paragraph form,
no grammatical errors, neatly typed
Group Evaluation = 10%
Team Work/ Cooperation
Respecting each other opinions