Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


United States--History--Civil War, 1861-19865--Causes--Bibliography;


The Civil War is a topic that is taught at the middle school level. However, teachers are not necessarily teaching from both the Northern and Southern perspectives. They are also not always looking at the causes of the Civil War beyond slavery. The purpose of this project was to create a selective annotated bibliography of recommended resources for middle school teachers to use when teaching about the causes of the Civil War from both the Northern and Southern perspectives. The researcher considered what resources were available for teaching middle school students about the different causes of the Civil War from both the Northern and Southern perspectives.

The project was completed by selecting resources from the following: Historical Fiction For Young Readers (Grades 4-8) by John Gillespie (2008) America As Story: Historical Fiction for Middle and Secondary Schools by Rosemary Coffey and Elizabeth Howard (1997), Children’s Core Collection (H.W. Wilson, 2015), Middle School and Junior High Core Collection (H.W. Wilson, 2015), Scott O’Dell Award Winners, American Historical Fiction (2015), Booklist “Top Historical Fiction For Youth”, Children’s Notable List (from ALA), Best Fiction For Young Adults (from ALA), Historical Fiction For Children and Young Adults 2005-2015 (from University of Wisconsin Oskosh), The Civil War Trust, BCCB,, National History Education Clearinghouse, and School Version of American History database (ABC-Clio). The selected resources were examined using an analysis tool developed by the researcher. An annotated bibliography was created which included a citation, perspective, type of work (fiction or nonfiction) plot summary, cause summary, and reading and interest level for each resource.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Division of School Library Studies


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Karla Krueger

Date Original


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