Read Kansas! Middle School - M-33 Notable Kansans: The Rest of the Story
This lesson encourages students to explore the impact of 10 notable Kansans who made significant contributions in the 1930s and 1940s. The Read Kansas! cards contain primary sources about each Kansan. After reading the cards students will work cooperatively to research "the rest of the story." Each group will develop a presentation for the class, which answers the question, "Why was this person a notable Kansan?"
Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 5, Indicator 3: The student researches the contributions of Kansans during the 1930s and 1940s (e.g., Amelia Earhart, Osa and Martin Johnson, Glenn Cunningham, Walter Chrysler, Langston Hughes, John Steuart Curry, Dwight Eisenhower, Alf Landon, Arthur Capper, Birger Sandzén).
Common Core Reading Standards:
- RH.6-8.2: The student will determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
- RH.6-8.9: The student will analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Common Core Writing
WHST. 6-8.7 The student will conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards:
SL.7.4: The student will present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
SL.7.5: The student will include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.