When her neighbor handed her the stack of yellowed letters that had been rescued from an Atlanta, Georgia, pile of trash, author Elizabeth Roberson had no idea she was about to embark on a fact-finding mission through six states, from Civil War battlegrounds in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to Gwinnett County in north Georgia. Weep Not for Me, Dear Mother
is a collection of the letters brave young Eli Pinson Landers, a Confederate soldier, diligently wrote to his mother, Susan Landers, who was at their home in Yellow River, Georgia. The letters trace his life in the battles at Antietam, Manassas, and Chickamauga, among others.
The accompanying Weep Not for Me, Dear Mother Teacher’s Guide promotes critical thinking in addition to factual memorization, serving as a tool to understanding the historical background of the letters. Features include suggested writing activities that encourage students to combine factual information from the text with their own inferences about the material, recommended further reading as resources for in-depth research topics, and study questions covering vocabulary as well as key figures and events within the book.
This Teacher’s Guide may be used with either the Hardcover or the Paperback editions of this title.