The Populist Movement 1867-1896, and the Election of 1896

2014, bill woodward, Populist Party

This lesson is designed to give students an overview of what the Populist Movement of late19th Century America was all about. The lesson uses several short powerpoint presentations from our history text books, Creating America: A History of the United States, The Kansas Journey, and from the Stanford History Education Group. Students will use a variety of primary source documents such as: Speeches by Mary Elizabeth Lease, and William Jennings Bryan.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

2014, Clint Eastwood, Diane Weiss-Rhodes, west

After discussing the romantic view of the West, students will use primary sources to determine if that view was accurate and will then be asked to create a character that could have lived in Kansas in the mid to late 1800s. 


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Daniel Shay's Rebellion

2014, Daniel Shay, mary smith, Shay's Rebellion

This lesson will explain the causes of Shays’ rebellion and the roll of beginning to change the Articles of Confederation and the weaknesses of the national government. 


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“In a territory gone mad...” iPad Movie Trailers and Topics from Bleeding Kansas

2014, bleeding kansas, kansas, troy smith

This lesson is about using the information already learned and synthesize that information into a meaningful understanding through a creative process. This procedure allows to students to use higher order thinking skills to truly absorb this moment in their state’s history. 


Lewis and Clark Exploration

2014, Expansion, lewis and clark, mike self

This lesson will provide primary and secondary sources that document Lewis and Clark's journey across the United States. The lesson will require students to actually go outside and cooperatively make observations about various botanical and animal specimens that they see.


Kansas and the Civil War

2014, civil war, kansas, mark schmidt

This lesson will look at some of the events that went into determining the forming of Kansas, including decisions that were made and justifications for those. 


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Twain on Topic

2014, Mark Twain, mike sabala

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) lived throughout most of the 19th century and was a very prolific writer.  He was involved in many of the major historical events during his lifetime which as a result, makes him a great source of information relating to that time period.  Although Samuel Clemens is obviously very opinionated and usually gives only one point of view regarding a topic, his writings are still very beneficial in gaining perspective to historical events during his lifetime.T

Native American Cultures

2014, deb o'brien, native americans

This lesson shows the diversity of Native American cultures on North America. Students understand the role of the environment in the development of diverse Indian cultures. Students develop a basic understanding of Native American ways of life to evaluate the differences between Native American cultures and the culture of US settlers moving west and the resulting conflict between the two.

Expanding America through Immigration

2014, Expansion, immigration, Stacy Noordhoek

The purpose of this lesson is to provide a basic understanding of immigrants and the immigration process in America. In addition, this lesson will exhibit the role/activity of the Native American Indian and how all of these major events influenced citizenship in the United States. 


Immigration and discrimination

2014, Discrimination, immigration, kandee muse

This lesson is designed to give an overview of immigration. This lesson will explore legistlative acts, influential people, places, and events that helped shaped this everchanging time in American History. 


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