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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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.
"If you are a teacher who plans to use The War Outside My Window in a classroom setting, then you need to get this guide, especially if you think that a hands-on interactive approach to teaching is a useful way to encourage kids to engage with primary source material (hint: it is). . . . I only wish all edited collections of letters and diaries had such a guide to accompany them…publishers take note: the Savas Beatie crew is on to something here." - Keith Harris, The Rogue Historian


Kimberly A. Conrad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Child Studies and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education/Literacy Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She is a Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) in the area of English Language Arts 7-12. She has taught seventh and eighth grade Language Arts in New Hampshire for many years and often presents at conferences on the topics of Interdisciplinary Instruction and Reading/Writing in the Content Areas. She was a co-author of her district’s Literacy Framework titled, Dover Growing Readers and Writers. She is inspired by challenging middle school learners through rigorous and engaging reading and writing practices. Kim enjoys collaborating with other educators and sharing her expertise in the fields of literacy and middle level learners. She lives and teaches in Dover, New Hampshire. 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.