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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-34 A New Deal for Kansas

In the 1930s Kansans experienced the compounded effects of the depression and the Dust Bowl. New Deal programs were implemented to combat these problems.  In this lesson students will study one New Deal program, Rural Electrification Administration (REA). Students will use the SOAP (source, occasion, audience, purpose) graphic organizer with historic images to understand the cause and effect of the REA program on Kansas life. This lesson is designed to take one class period.

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Stringing Lines in Brown County













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Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #3: Societies experience continuity and change over time.

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

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1:  The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • WHST.6-8.1(a-e): The student writes arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
  • 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.

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