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Hats Off to William Allen White

Guided tour—Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia

Grades—Fourth

Who was William Allen White, and why is he a famous Kansan?

This tour offers the opportunity for students to teach their peers about White and his family.  After a short introduction to White in the visitor's center, the students are divided into small groups and assigned to various rooms in the house.  By reviewing material that is provided them and observing the artifacts in the room, the "experts" develop their portion of the tour.  Gathered together as a whole class, each group of "experts" teaches the rest of the class about White as they progress from room to room.

This tour addresses grade specific standards and provides pre-and post-visit material to help teachers meet those standards. Among the pre-visit materials is information about Mr. White and his family.  Also in the packet is a Read Kansas! lesson, I-3 "Famous Kansans". We recommend that the teacher introduce the "Famous Kansans" lesson prior to a visit to the house.  The post assessment piece is writing a descriptive paragraph based on a prompt.

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #2 Individuals have rights and responsibilities

  • 2.1: The student will recognize and evaluate the rights and responsibilities of people living in societies.

William Allen White editor of Emporia Gazette

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

  • RI 4.1: The student will refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • W 4.2: the student will write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • SL 4.1: The student will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL 4.4: The student will report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

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Cost per student: $2.  One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay the student rate.

Admission Scholarships:  School groups from Lyon, Osage, and Coffey counties receive free admission for this tour courtesy of the W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust grant. For more information see tour scholarships for Red Rocks, Emporia.

Length of tour: Approximately two hours.

Number of students in a group: For the best experience, we recommend no more than 30 students per tour.

Registration and scheduling: Contact the site administrator, 620-342-2800; Red Rocks. A minimum of two weeks advance registration is needed. 

Other guided tours available at Red Rocks:

William Allen White and the Reform Era - William Allen White House

Taking a Stand - Writings of William Allen White

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