Image of Civil War soldier William H. Rockwell holding rifle

Image of Pvt. William H. Rockwell, courtesy of Library of Congress


Monday, April 13:  Take a good look at the photograph of Private William H. Rockwell of North Carolina (right). Imagine how old he was when this photograph was taken. Write a paragraph describing him. Include a description of the family he left behind when he went to war, the education he received before he went to war, and the type of person he was.

Tuesday, April 14:  Look back at Yesterday’s journal. How are Stephen Crane’s character of Henry Fleming and your description of Private William H. Rockwell alike? How are they different? (If you were absent Monday, just take a look at a classmate’s journal to do this.)

Wednesday, April 15: Turn to the very first page of Chapter 1 in Stephen Crane’s novel, Red Badge of Courage.  Look at the bottom of the page. One of the last sentences is about a Negro teamster. This is the only black person mentioned in this entire Civil War novel. Copy those two, brief sentences from the book into your notes and write a sentence or two describing the irony of a Civil War novel that has so few African American characters in it.

Thursday, April 16:  Today we read about Stephen Crane (the author of The Red Badge of Courage) on Wikipedia. Please go to that link, read about his life, and take notes.


Monday, April 13 – Thursday, April 16: Last Thursday, everyone checked out a copy of Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage. We’ll be reading this text all week in class. If you need a copy of the book, please let the teacher know. We try to read 10 pages per day, in class, so if you’re ever absent, you’ll want to make up at least 10 pages.

It’s perfectly fine to download the free YouTube audiobook of Red Badge of Courage to your phone and bring that with you to class. You may have the audiobook read aloud as you follow along in the text. I’ve provided a link to that audiobook.


About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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