The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865 (J. E. Croon, ed.): A Comprehensive Curriculum Guide for Teachers

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June 2019
Trade paper, 8.5 x 11
120 pp.
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About the Book

This complete curriculum guide assists educators in bringing LeRoy Wiley Gresham to life in the middle or high school classroom. Use his “Young voice of the old South” to guide your students through a comprehensive Civil War study, as he did in his diary, starting at the age of twelve, and ending with his death at seventeen years old. This resource includes rigorous, standards-aligned ELA and history lessons, extensive interdisciplinary connections across various content areas, Interactive Notebook Applications, dynamic mapping activities, detailed discussion topics for Socratic Seminar, a multi-genre unit, standards-aligned assessments, connections to other primary documents and literature, and so much more. This companion resource accompanies LeRoy’s diary seamlessly while providing teachers the framework through which to challenge and engage students with thoughtful and enriching learning opportunities.


Janet E. Croon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Modern European History, and Russian Language and Area Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983), and a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Dayton (1985). She taught International Baccalaureate History for nearly two decades and developed a deep interest in the Civil War by living in northern Virginia. This is her first book.