Read Kansas! Middle School - M-23 Building Kansas
Students will learn about the impact of railroads on the settlement of Kansas. They will read town maps to identify economic, social, and political components that made the town attractive to new settlers and observe and infer the importance of the railroad to town development. This lesson is designed for one class period but can be adjusted for individual classroom needs.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 3, Indicator 6: The student explains the impact of government policies and the expansion of the railroad on settlement and town development (e.g., Preemption, Homestead Act, timber Claim Act, railroad lands).
Common Core Reading:
- RI.7.1: The student will cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Common Core Writing:
- W.7.1b: The student will write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence while supporting claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
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