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||The Girls of Gettysburg
by Bobbi Miller
Trade Binding | 160 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431632 |
Also available as an ebook.
Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12
Themes: Civil War , Girl Interest, African American Interest, Courage & Honor
Recommendations: A, K, LMC, SLJ
RL. 6.1-6, 9-10
L. 6.3, 4, 4a-d, 5, 5a-c, 6
SL. 6.1, 1a-d, 3-6
W. 6.2, 2a-f, 7-9a
Pickett's Charge, the suicidal assault led by Robert E. Lee on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, was a valiant effort but stunning defeat for the Rebel army. It serves as the powerful climax of this Civil War novel, told from the viewpoints of three girls.
Twelve-year-old Annie Gordon, disguised as a boy, sells herself as a substitute soldier and joins the Portsmouth Rifles of the 9th Virginia Infantry as they march north to Gettysburg. In Gettysburg lives fourteen-year-old Tillie Pierce, the frivolous daughter of a local merchant whose romanticized notion of war is immediately disabused when the fighting begins. Also in Gettysburg are Grace Bryan and her father, who refuse to flee with the other free blacks who fear that the rebels will arrest them as fugitive slaves.
This gripping novel follows the fates of these girls, fates that reflect the tragedies and triumphs, the humanity, heartache, and heroism of this most dreadful Civil War battle.
Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:
1. Who are the girls of Gettysburg? Describe in detail each of the characters (Annie, Tillie, and Grace). RL.6-8.1, 3
2. Compare and contrast the points of view of the characters and their experiences in the war. Use details from the story. RL.6-8.6 / W.6-8.2
3. What are the major themes of The Girls of Gettysburg? How are the themes reflected through the characters' behavior and elements of plot (tragedy/triumph, humanity, heartache, heroism)? RL.6-8.1, 2, 3
4. Research the significance of Pickett's Charge. Compare and contrast the experience of reading the historical fiction novel with firsthand accounts and research on the Battle of Gettysburg. Site sources. W.6-8.2
GIRLS OF GETTYSBURG, THE
Educators' Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.