Two Westwood sixth grade students smiling next to their Civil War presentation poster

Westwood Intermediate and Middle School sixth grade students having been learning about the Civil War and this week, they showcased their chosen topics to fellow students, staff and family members at a Civil War Presentation event on Tuesday, January 15.

Student group presentations were a combination of researched background information, fast facts, original acrostic poems, journal entries and videos.  

Civil War topics included:

  • The Underground Railroad
  • Roles of Women in the War
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • Harriet Tubman
  • The Role of Hot Air Balloons during the Civil War
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Slavery
  • Civil War Diseases
  • Musicians in the Armed Forces

A popular topic chosen among groups was Harriet Tubman. At Jashiana and Eric’s table, their poster and Google Slides presentation told the story of Tubman during the Civil War, highlighting her heroism in the war effort as well as helping other slaves escape to freedom.

Jashiana and Eric also wrote an Acrostic Poem about Tubman.

Tried to not get caught with other slaves
Underground Railroad Conductor
Born Araminta Ross
Married to John Tubman
Nicknamed Moses

The Battle of Gettysburg was another popular topic explored. Students Josh and Zach told the Battle of Gettysburg story as well as highlighted some intriguing fast facts, including:

  • The battle lasted three days
  • It was the last battle in the Civil War, leading to the end of slavery
  • Every state in the U.S. has a Battle of Gettysburg monument
  • It was the bloodiest battle in the Civil War

Another topic presented was about the deadly diseases during the Civil War. Students listened intently as Riley and Sarah described the seven deadliest diseases that took the lives of over 700,00 people during the Civil War.

The biggest takeaway we had from our research was that over half of the people who died during the Civil War died from diseases. If sanitation was thought of as important, many lives would been saved. Sarah, sixth grader


Two student smiling next to their Battle of Gettysburg poster
Two students smiling next to their Civil War Diseases poster
Two students giving a presentation on the role of hot air balloons during the Civil War