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John Brown and the Fight Over Slavery in Kansas

This Nearpod.com lesson can be teacher led or self-paced for students. It begins with a map-reading exercise to understand the history of slavery expansion in the U.S. up to 1854 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Using primary sources, students learn about the "Bleeding Kansas" conflicts due to the implementation of Popular Sovereignty. Interactive quizzes and open-ended questions provide students the opportunity to evaluate abolitionist John Brown's role to end slavery. Students will then interpret symbols representing this time period using artist John Steuart Curry's mural, Tragic Prelude.

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This free program uses Nearpod.com to provide an interactive lesson. This lesson can be teacher led or self-paced for students. Students will use historical thinking skills to actively engage in "doing" history. The platform allows parents and teachers to check the progress of their student's work online. Teachers interested in adding this lesson to their Nearpod library can contact kshs.education@ks.gov to request an editable copy of this lesson. 

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