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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-30 Meet the Reformers

This middle level lesson features five reformers who worked to change conditions in Kansas and the nation.  Designed as a simulation of Meet the Press, a TV show, this lesson allows students to perform various roles.  Working in five groups, students will portray reformers, public relations directors, and reporters.  Read Kansas! cards provide information from both primary and secondary sources.  Each group will write questions and answers to be used as part of the "Meet the Reformers" simulation.  During the presentation all students will complete a worksheet compiling information on all five reformers.  The lessons may take two or more days. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-30 Meet the Reformers M-30 Dr. Samuel Crumbine
M-30 Meet the Reformers M-30 Meet the Reformers
M-30 Meet the Reformers  

Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

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

  • Benchmark 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.
  • Benchmark 3.2: The student will draw conclusions about significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas, analyzing the origins and context under which these competing ideals were reached and the multiple perspectives from which they come.

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.6-8.2(a-f): The student writes informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
  • WHST 6-8.4: The student will produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • SL 7.1: The student will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions 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.