Read Kansas! Middle School - M-43 A Noble Bargain
This lesson explores the cause and effect story of the Louisiana Purchase. This story is not readily known and therefore may be new to many. Students will be asked to weave together the cause and effects of several events leading to the Louisiana Purchase. In addition, students will work with a variety of expository text, both primary and secondary in nature. This lesson is designed to take one or two class periods but may be altered depending on class schedule.
Eighth Grade Kansas History Standards:
- Benchmark 1, Indicator 5: The student analyzes how territorial expansion of the United States affected relations with external powers and American Indians (e.g. Louisiana Purchase, concept of Manifest Destiny, previous land policies-Northwest Ordinance, Mexican-American War, Gold Rush).
Eighth Grade Kansas Reading Standards:
- 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.
Benchmark 4, Indicator 8: The student explains cause-effect relationships in appropriate-level narrative, expository, technical, and persuasive texts.
Common Core Reading Standards:
- RI.8.1: The student cites the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RH.6-8.5: The student describes how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).