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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-23 Building Kansas

Students will learn about the impact of railroads on the settlement of Kansas. They will read town maps to identify economic, social, and political components that made the town attractive to new settlers and observe and infer the importance of the railroad to town development.  This lesson is designed for one class period but can be adjusted for individual classroom needs. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M23-Bird's Eye View of Dodge City M-23 Bird's Eye View of Eldorado
M-23 Bird's Eye View of Halstead M-23 Bird's Eye View of Junction City
M-23 Bird's Eye View of Newton  

Lesson

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #1 Choices have consequences.

  • 1.3: The student will investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1:  The student will cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • WHST.6-8.1(b):  The student will write arguments focused on discipline-specific context (b) to support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
  • SL.7.1(a-d): The student will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.7.4: The student will present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.