Kandee's lesson is designed to give students an overview of Bleeding Kansas. They will explore legislative acts, influential people, places, and events that helped shaped this turbulent time in American History. Students are introduced to the causes and effects of Bleeding Kansas. and how the question of slavery lead to the violence in the territory of Kansas.
Diane's lesson is designed to help students understand the tension over land ownership in Kansas. Students will create a newspaper detailing events that created conflict between Native Americans and the U.S. government and settlers and then will articulate their opinion of this infringement.
Jim's lesson is designed to help students understand that population growth of Kansas territory was directly influenced by emigration from eastern and southern states.
Chad's lesson is designed to review the purpose of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trail. Students will also expand their knowledge of each trail and put a plan together for a trip on each trail. This plan will include a packing list for their wagons. The students will use primary sources to help form their plans and packing list.
Jim's seventh grade students research a variety of Kansas topics in groups and then present their information as a local newscast.
Bill uses a short video clip of railroad workers to introduce the practice of creating and maintaining Kansas railroads. Students use spike mauls and sledge hammers to drive spikes into actual railroad ties.
Railroad articles, resources and maps