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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-09 Frontier Forts

The purpose of this middle school lesson is to discuss the reasons for and purposes of frontier forts in Kansas. The student will learn about Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, Fort Riley, Fort Larned, and Fort Hays. The lesson also focuses on everyday life at the forts and the economics of being a soldier. The lesson is presented over three class periods but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-9 Frontier Forts M-9 Frontier Forts
M-9 Frontier Forts M-9 Frontier Forts
M-9 Frontier Forts M-9 Frontier Forts

Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #3: Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

  • 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.5:  The student describes how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
  • WHST.6-8.2(a-f):  The student writes informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.