Read Kansas! Middle School - M-14 Territorial Characters
The purpose of this middle school lesson is to familiarize students with some of the people of Kansas Territory. The students will work cooperatively to read 10 biographical cards and summarize main ideas, events, and important details. Each student will further summarize the materials by creating cards to play “Who am I?” This is a game that rewards knowledge about the territorial characters. The lesson as written will take four class periods but can be modified to meet the teacher’s needs.
To view a PDF of the front and back, click on the card.
Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 4: The student describes the role of important individuals during the territorial period (e.g., Charles Robinson, James Lane, John Brown, Clarina Nichols, Samuel Jones, David Atchison, Andrew H. Reeder).
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 9: The student uses paraphrasing and organizational skills to summarize information (e.g., stated and implied main ideas, main events, important details) from appropriate-level narrative, expository, technical, and persuasive texts in logical order.
Common Core Reading:
- RH.6-8.2: The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary sources; provides an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.