Read Kansas! Middle School - M-23 Building Kansas
Students will learn about the impact of railroads on the settlement of Kansas. They will read town maps to identify economic, social, and political components that made the town attractive to new settlers and observe and infer the importance of the railroad to town development. This lesson is designed for one class period but can be adjusted for individual classroom needs.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 3, Indicator 6: The student explains the impact of government policies and the expansion of the railroad on settlement and town development (e.g., Preemption, Homestead Act, timber Claim Act, railroad lands).
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:
- RH.6-8.1: The student will cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
- WHST.6-8.1(b): The student will write arguments focused on discipline-specific context (b) to support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
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