Read Kansas! Middle School - M-30 Meet the Reformers
This middle level lesson features five reformers who worked to change conditions in Kansas and the nation. Designed as a simulation of Meet the Press, a TV show, this lesson allows students to perform various roles. Working in five groups, students will portray reformers, public relations directors, and reporters. Read Kansas! cards provide information from both primary and secondary sources. Each group will write questions and answers to be used as part of the "Meet the Reformers" simulation. During the presentation all students will complete a worksheet compiling information on all five reformers. The lessons may take two or more days.
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Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 4: The student analyzes the impact of Kansas reformers on the nation (e.g., Mary E. Lease, Annie Diggs, William Peffer, “Sockless” Jerry Simpson, Carry A. Nation, Samuel Crumbine, William Allen White, J. A. Wayland, Kate Richards O’Hare, Emanuel and Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Charles Sheldon).
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 4: The student generates and responds logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading the text.
- Benchmark 4, Indicator 5: The student uses information from the text to make inferences and draw conclusions.
Common Core Reading Standards:
- RI.7.1: The student cites several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Benchmark 2, Indicator 8: The student understands and independently uses appropriate strategies to generate expository text (e.g., brainstorming, listing, webbing, working in pairs or in cooperative groups and identifying information from print sources).
Common Core Writing Standards:
- WHST.6-8.2(a-f): The student writes informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.