The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States

The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States

Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. In The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States, readers ages 12 to 15 explore America’s Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more than 700,000 soldiers dead.

  • Uses an inquiry-based approach in which readers define the problem, pose questions, and creatively work through different solutions about topics related to the Civil War.
  • Helps readers make connections between the history of slavery and present day race relations.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

Subjects

  • US History

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Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. In The Civil War: The Conflict Between the States, readers ages 12 to 15 explore America’s Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more than 700,000 soldiers dead.

  • Uses an inquiry-based approach in which readers define the problem, pose questions, and creatively work through different solutions about topics related to the Civil War.
  • Helps readers make connections between the history of slavery and present day race relations.

Praise for other books by Judy Dodge Cummings:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

Children’s Literature
“. . . . Readers will encounter a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the wars outcome . . . activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier’s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

Other books in the series:

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz
Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.” Recommended

Bookloons
“ . . . This is an excellent resource for teachers and parents who are home schooling. Use this book to introduce the era and then expand the topic with more focused study on areas of interest. The resource section at the back of the book will be very helpful.”

Anne Shaw, Director, 21st Century Schools
“The author has provided astounding connections between the 1920s and the 21st century. Nomad Press is one of the very best resources available to teachers for creating truly spectacular learning experiences for their students.”

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound
School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. . . . an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”

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The Statistics of Slaughter

The casualty rate is a number that refers to military personnel removed from service because of death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because they are missing in action or have deserted. The Civil War had the largest casualty rate of all American wars. Do the math to evaluate the human toll this conflict took on a generation of Americans. 

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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

 



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Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other books by Judy Dodge Cummings:

The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
Publishers Weekly
“Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series . . . . Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities create a lively learning experience . . .”

Children’s Literature
“. . . . Readers will encounter a combination of learning tools that help shed light on the watershed events that embodied the American Revolution in this insightful book. Author Judy Dodge Cummings anchors her storytelling with a well-written and sprightly narrative, including sidebar tales of important people, battles, and happenings that shaped the wars outcome . . . activities are fun and include such things as building a mock fort, creating disappearing ink, making a soldier’s bread ration, and otherwise recreating aspects of Colonial life. This approach should appeal to readers and helps make this a fun book filled with multiple approaches to learning.”

School Library Journal
“Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution. . . Along with the standard textual information, pages are filled with sidebars, vocabulary words, and definitions, and QR codes that provide access to primary sources.”

Jamie Kallio, author and youth services librarian, Chicago, Illinois
“A fresh look at a defining moment in American history. With its bright and colorful pages, active language, and interesting sidebars, The American Revolution asks pertinent questions and suggests hands-on activities to encourage young readers. Provides a full picture of the experience of American independence as our new country found its way.”

Jodi Baker, elementary teacher, adjunct professor, and educational consultant
“This interactive book will captivate the imaginations of young readers. Hearing both sides of the story encourages students to think for themselves and reflect upon the historical causes and effects of the American Revolution.”

Claire Rudolf Murphy, author
“As a writer of nonfiction for young readers, I know how important it is to make history engaging and entertaining. Cummings’ book pulls it off on all fronts. The primary source material is exceptional, featuring the stories of not only colonial leaders, but also the often ignored people behind the scenes—the women, children, black slaves and Native Americans who also played a part. Cummings’ clear explanations of events make this book a valuable addition to the study of the colonial period.”

Other books in the series:

The Roaring Twenties: Discover the Era of Prohibition, Flappers, and Jazz
Library Media Connection
“This engaging and insightful read into the 1920s can be used as a supplementary textbook in an American History class. Lusted’s writing captures the decade, offering all its vitality with an encompassing overview of the era. As the narration gains its footing, the text flows seamlessly . . . a valuable addition to a library looking to update its history collection.” Recommended

Bookloons
“ . . . This is an excellent resource for teachers and parents who are home schooling. Use this book to introduce the era and then expand the topic with more focused study on areas of interest. The resource section at the back of the book will be very helpful.”

Anne Shaw, Director, 21st Century Schools
“The author has provided astounding connections between the 1920s and the 21st century. Nomad Press is one of the very best resources available to teachers for creating truly spectacular learning experiences for their students.”

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound
School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. . . . an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”


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The Statistics of Slaughter

The casualty rate is a number that refers to military personnel removed from service because of death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because they are missing in action or have deserted. The Civil War had the largest casualty rate of all American wars. Do the math to evaluate the human toll this conflict took on a generation of Americans. 


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.