“The Red Badge of Courage”


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“The Red Badge of Courage” is a story of a young man who joins the army to fight in the Civil War. His reasons for joining are based on his dreams of adventure, glory, heroism and romantic images of himself in battle. Through the course of the story, the young boy comes to experience war as it really is, brutal and very unromantic. Crane’s story is often referred to as the first anti-war novel ever written.

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“The Red Badge of Courage”

  1. 1. The Red Badge of Courage A Technology Based Interactive Lesson <ul><li>To view lesson plans select this link. </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperlinks: Behind each icon is a hyperlink to additional resources. </li></ul><ul><li>To activate a resource click on an icon as the appear in the slide presentation. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Civil War Battle SERGEANT HART NAILING THE COLORS TO THE FLAG-STAFF OF FORT SUMTER. The heat and vapor became stifling yet the exhausted garrison kept the old flag flying. Eight times its staff had been hit; but at near 2 P.M. that day the staff was shot off near the peak. Peter Hart carried it, with the piece of the staff, and fastened it, where the soiled banner was kept flying defiantly.
  3. 3. Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel examines the soldier’s worst fear—realizing he is a coward. The book’s groundbreaking realism makes it important not only as literature, but also as a window into the life of a soldier during the Civil War. The Red Badge of Courage See Video: Click on union soldier
  4. 4. VENN DIAGRAM ACTIVITY <ul><li>Identify at least one characteristic in each circle and then identify what is similar in the center of the diagram. </li></ul>Characteristics of Being a Coward Henry Fleming The Red Badge of Courage Characteristics of Being Courageous Sergeant Hart Fort Sumter S I M I L A R
  5. 5. VENN DIAGRAM ACTIVITY <ul><li>After completing the Venn diagram you should use the story starter to write one paragraph describing solders thought of being courageous. </li></ul><ul><li>In the second paragraph you should write about a soldier’s thought about being a coward. </li></ul><ul><li>In your third paragraph identify the similarities of both characteristics as a soldier is faced with going to war. </li></ul>Venn Diagram Activity Sheet General Lee Reads
  6. 6. Story Starter “ The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. It cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of hostile camp-fires set in the low brows of distant hills.”
  7. 7. Red Badge Reference Links The Digital Sandbox http://digitalsandbox.edublogs.org/ http://digitalsandbox.edublogs.org/design-digital-lessons/interactive-lessons/