Read Kansas! Highschool - H-5 The Work of William Clark, Superintendent of Indian Affairs
This lesson focuses on American Indian removal from western lands. Primary source documents will be analyzed by students to develop historical questions. The students will interpret historic letters to Superintendent of Indian Affairs William Clark, in order to understand the day-to-day issues related to Indian removal and forced assimilation. The lesson is written for three class sessions but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs.
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Embedded Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 5, Indicator 2: The student develops historical questions on a specific topic in Kansas history and analyzes the evidence in primary source documents to speculate on the answers.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 5: The student uses evidence from the text to make inference and draw conclusions.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 10: The student summarizes and paraphrases information from narrative, expository, technical, and persuasive text types. (e.g., in chronological, sequential, or logical order, conveys main ideas both stated or implied, supporting details and underlying meaning, uses own words or quoted material; preserves the author's perspective and voice).
Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:
- RH.11-12.1: The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
- RH.11-12.2: The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source, provides an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.