M-16 The Civil War Comes to Kansas: Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence
The student will describe important details of Quantrill's Raid after reading two articles, one pro-Union and one pro-Confederacy. The student will identify similarities and differences in the two accounts using a Venn diagram worksheet. The teacher will lead a discussion about key points of the raid and the role of persuasion and point of view in both articles. The student will be able to place the battle in the larger context of Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. The lesson is written for one class period.
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7th Grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 6: The student describes important events in Kansas during the Civil War (e.g., Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, the Battle of Mine Creek, recruitment of volunteer regiments)
- 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 6: The student analyzes how text structures (e.g., sequence, problem-solution, comparison-contrast, description, cause-effect) helps support comprehension of text.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 14: The student identifies the author's position in a persuasive text and describes techniques the author uses to support that position (e.g., bandwagon approach, glittering generalities, testimonials, citing statistics, other techniques that appeal to reason or emotion.)
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core ELA):
- RH.6-8.1: The student will cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
- RH.6-8.2: The student will determine central ideas of information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
- RH.6-8.3: The student will identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies.
- RH.6-8.6: The student identifies aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).