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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-04 Local Government: Caring for Your Community

This lesson is designed to have middle school students identify the goods and services provided by local government. Students will analyze historic photographs, make observations and inferences about the photographs, and research who provides these services in their community today. Students will identify one service and write a persuasive paragraph on why this service is important to the community. This lesson can be completed in one class period. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #4: Societies experience continuity and change over time.

  • 4.1: The student will recognize adn evaluate continuity and change over time and its impact on individuals, institutions, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • W.7.1: The student writes arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.