Figures in History

Cathy Diez-Luckie

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October 2014: Figures in History

Welcome to Historic Heroes and Heroines!

figsinhist_octThank you for joining for our series of weekly hands-on activities, Historic Heroes and Heroines, that focus on a notable figure from history. My name is Cathy Diez-Luckie from Figures In Motion. It’s a privilege to be able to share my love of history and art with you each month with projects centered around a different character that has influenced the world we live in.

Whether you are studying ancient or medieval history, the American Revolution or the Civil War, it is my hope that these weekly lessons will help you provide your children with meaningful activities to accompany your history studies. This month we will study the second in our series of famous generals of the Civil War: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (September’s general was Ulysses S. Grant). We hope that these activities will enrich your child’s learning experience:

  • Standing Cutout: The first of your weekly lessons will include making a standing cutout of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in both a colored and color-it-in version. These cutouts may be used for dramatic plays, reenactments, or just for fun.
  • Word Search Puzzle: In the second week’s activity, your child will be provided a word search puzzle with words relating to Jackson and his life. An answer key is provided.
  • Coloring Page: A coloring page of Jackson will be given in week three.
  • Accent on Art: The fourth of the weekly lessons will consist of a project relating to the life of the hero or heroine. This month we will look at a photograph of Jackson that was taken just two weeks before he died. We will also learn a little about photography at the time of the Civil War. In other months we will study a painting, mosaic, or sculpture made of the character or associated with his or her life.

October’s Historic Hero: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (1824–1863), poor and orphaned at an early age, grew up in difficult circumstances. Despite his early lack of education, he graduated from West Point and went on to serve in the Mexican War. He started a Sunday School for slaves and free blacks to teach them how to read and write so they could learn about Christianity.

At the start of the Civil War, Jackson became a drill master and was known for the tireless drilling of his troops. He earned his nickname “Stonewall” when his brigade provided critical reinforcements as the Confederate lines began to fall apart during the Battle of Bull Run. Jackson was an inspiration to his men and led them to surprising victories after marching long distances and being outnumbered. He came to be one of the most celebrated soldiers in the Confederacy and General Robert E. Lee’s right-hand man. Jackson died from pneumonia after he was mistakenly shot by Confederate soldiers at Chancellorsville, Virginia, in May 1863.

Join me for October’s hands-on project about Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson!

Our desire is to provide you with the highest quality history supplements that engage your children while they learn about historic heroes and heroines.

Blessings to you and your family,

Cathy Diez-Luckie

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Cathy Diez-Luckie, publisher at Figures In Motion, is thankful for being able to educate her three children at home and loves to study history and literature along with them. With training in art and a graduate degree in chemical engineering, her diverse background includes researching polymeric materials, directing manufacturing at a medical device company, and illustrating children’s books for a publisher in New York. Her award-winning children’s book series (Famous Figures) integrates art and history and engages children with hands-on activities and movable action figures as they learn about the great leaders of the past.