Read Kansas! Middle School - M-15 Wyandotte Constitutional Convention: The Issue of Suffrage
This middle school lesson explores the Wyandotte Constitution with respect to the civil rights of women and African Americans. Students have the opportunity to use a speech by a delegate to the constitutional convention as a primary source, analyzing it as a persuasive text. This lesson is written for two class periods.
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7th Grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 5: The student analyzes the Wyandotte constitution with respect to the civil rights of women and African Americans.
- Benchmark 7, Indicator 2: The student examines different types of primary sources in Kansas history and analyzes them in terms of credibility, purpose, and point of view (e.g., census records, diaries, photographs, letters, government documents).
7th Grade Reading Standards:
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 9: The students uses paraphrasing and organizational skills to summarize.
Common Core Reading Standards:
- RH.6-8.2: The student determines the central ideas of information of a primary or secondary source, provides an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
7th Grade Writing Standards:
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 13: The student practices using words that are suitable, precise, and create imagery (e.g., precise nouns, powerful verbs, and vivid modifiers) (Word Choice: prewriting, drafting, revising: N, E, T, P).
Common Core Writing Standards:
- WHST:6-8. 1(a-e): The student writes arguments focused on discipline-specific content.