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Read Kansas! Intermediate- I-12 Piecing Together the Story of Glenn Cunningham: A Kansas Champion

This lesson allows fourth grade students to work with both primary and secondary sources. Several primary sources are presented that give clues to the life and accomplishments of Kansas runner Glenn Cunningham. This lesson helps the students find clues in the primary sources and then asks the students to tell their own version of the Glenn Cunningham story, which results in the creation of a secondary source. Students are then asked to compare their version of the story to an expository text presented with this lesson. This lesson is presented over a four day time period but can be adapted to meet individual classroom needs.

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Errata: Glenn Cunningham was born in Atlanta, Kansas not Augusta, Kansas. 







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Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #1: Choices have consequences.

  • 1.2: The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RI.4.1: The student refers to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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