He made his name writing pulp science fiction in the s. He later began writing mainstream fiction and was published in many magazines. During a visit to Gettysburg, Shaara saw the battlefield and learned about the battle and its significance.
Grades Book Review The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is an exceptional book that brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life through vivid imagery, precise details and insightful character development.
This book is excellent reading material for a high school history or social studies class covering The Civil War. Attention to detail begins in the foreword with descriptions of the types of men enlisted in the two armies. The differences between the two societies and their causes are immediately apparent, yet Shaara keeps the bonds between the two sides evident.
The story starts with a spy tracking the Union Army as it moves northward.
Subsequent chapters introduce different officers from both the Confederate and Union armies as the Civil War battle progresses chronologically. The Killer Angels includes helpful maps, and informed explanations are sprinkled throughout the narrative, but it is the men who steered the battle that truly explain Gettysburg.
While Shaara notes that the personality traits he attributes to legendary historical figures are of his own creation, the intense research and subsequent historical accuracy of the story make the reader believe these men spoke and acted in the manner depicted by the author.
It is this aspect of the book that makes it such an effective teaching tool. Readers are instantly drawn in to the personal journey each man is experiencing.
|SparkNotes: The Killer Angels: Context||But we're here for something new We're an army going out to set other men free.|
Details of their lives, friendships, and battle experiences create real people whom, regardless of the love or hate inspired, the reader will want to follow.
Battle plans and troop maneuvers are not tedious minutiae, but ideas grown from spirited conversation or reflection steeped in inner-turmoil. It is an option for a book report or supplemental reading for the class. They could also compare the novel to the movie Gettysburg which is based on The Killer Angels.
It provides a movie timeline, plot summary, homework assignments and links to informative sites on The Battle of Gettysburg. So toss the history textbook for a few days and bring the Civil War to life by adding this exceptional novel to your teaching arsenal. This post is part of the series: Tossing the Textbook This series offers social studies lesson plans using movies, fictional novels, news articles, and internet sources.
Some of the lessons can be taught cooperatively with an English, Media, or Science class. Reviews of some of the books and movies suggested are also part of this series.In The Killer Angels, General John Buford, the Union cavalry commander, is quick to seize the high ground.
Specifically, he tries to protect Seminary Ridge and the hills behind it: Cemetery Hill, Cemetery Ridge, Culp’s Hill, Little Round Top, and Big Round Top.
The Killer Angels is a historical novel by Michael Shaara that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in The book tells the story of the four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War: June 30, , as the Author: Michael Shaara.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is an exceptional book that brings the Battle of Gettysburg to life through vivid imagery, precise details and insightful character development. This book is excellent reading material for a high school history or social studies class covering The Civil War. The Killer Angels tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.
On July 1, , the Army of Northern Virginia, or Confederate army, and the Army of the Potomac, or Union army, fought the largest battle of the American Civil War.
In the Pulitzer prize–winning classic The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the finest Civil War novel of our time. In the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara's son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father's vision, telling the epic story of the events culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg.4/5(18).
Gettysburg was as close as the United States got to Armageddon and The Killer Angels gives the full day-to-day account of the battle that shaped America's future. Michael Shaara tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of the generals and men involved in the action of the battle.