Two Great Admirals of the Civil War
A Comparison Study
In this text to text lesson you
will read about two of the Civil War's greatest commanding
officers. As you will find out, an admiral is a special
military person, in that there is a lot of pride and
patriotism demonstrated. Admirals Farragut and Buchanon had
long histories before the Civil War. The Confederates had
only one admiral and that was Adm. Franklin Buchanon.
Admiral Farragut sets the standard for all U.S. Navy
commanders and admirals to follow.
1. Read the N.Y. Times articles
about each and while reading think about the lives and
careers of each. The Wikipedia articles could also help in
your study. Consider these questions and any that you come
up with as you read. What made them the way they were? How
did they end up being a navy person? Where did their
knowledge and courage come from? What did each think about
their side in the War: Union and Confederate? Were they
political, or solely dedicated to the Navy they served?
What did the men serving under them think of them? What
great battles did each fight in, and did they win? Find the
"greatest" achievement for each. Why do we remember these
admirals in 2015?
After finishing the N.Y. Times
readings and gathering facts and answers, write
an essay to describe a comparison of Admirals Farragut and
Buchanon. Include information that is "major," and details
that are "interesting." Include in your essay a catchy
introduction (states the theme clearly, and the problem of
comparing two great historical men, and organized paragraphs
with main ideas clearly stated in each. Write a conclusion
that works well with the introduction.
3. An alternative
activity would be to present the admirals through
a computer presentation (Power Point, Prezy, or other) or a
information from the Wikipedia articles, and then use the
N.Y. Times articles to complete a compare and contrast
for a Print Version of This Form
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING FORM
Directions: While reading about
the two subjects to be compared and contrasted,
think about the relationship between two or more
facts about each item (make notes while you read
Write in your own words your
description of the comparison or contrast. Use
both of your source articles to get these from
(one from each).
You may add an
additional page(s) if needed
Write the Article Title and Source above each
title in the cells provided with the table.
Article 1 facts
Article 2 facts
How are the facts from each
article similar, connected or related? How are
they alike, whether in terms of life events,
career events, and personality? How are the two
alike (generalized statement from reading).
How: How do the facts from each article contrast
(opposite or un-like)? How are they different,
whether in terms of life events, career events,
and personality? How are the two different
(generalized statement from reading).
The Two Texts Together:
How does reading the two
articles, together, make you see or understand
things you might not if you read them
separately? If the creators or subjects of these
texts were to have a conversation, what is one
thing they might say to each other?
Questions and Reactions:
What questions do these articles
and their description raise for you? What
reactions do you have to them, either
individually or together?
Concept for the comparison form from N.Y. Times Learning
Center, Text to Text