Read Kansas! Middle School - M-13 All Eyes on Kansas Territory
The purpose of this lesson is to give the students an understanding of how important the events in Kansas Territory were to the nation. This can be used for Kansas or United States history. The students will use a primary source document (a newspaper article from 1858) and work cooperatively to summarize and organize the information found in the article. The lesson is presented as a two-day lesson but can be adjusted to meet the individual needs of each classroom.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 3: The student analyzes the importance of “Bleeding Kansas” to the rest of the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War. (e.g., national media attention, caning of Senator Charles Sumner, Emigrant Aid Societies, Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, poems of John Greenleaf Whittier, John Brown).
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 9: The student uses paraphrasing and organizational skills to summarize information (e.g., stated and implied main ideas, main events, important details) from appropriate-level narrative, expository, technical, and persuasive texts in logical order.
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:
- RH.6-8.2: The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.