Lesson Plan

1850-1874 The Kansas-Nebraska Act

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How the Kansas-Nebraska Act created Bleeding Kansas is complicated—until scholars research and examine documents from the time. After completing activities that include mapping, photo, document analysis, and discussion, learners comprehend how the Kansas-Nebraska situation helped cause the American Civil War 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Split the class into groups to assist those who struggle with the reading material 
  • Role play the Lincoln-Douglas debates using the primary sources in class
Classroom Considerations
  • Unit is set for three days of instruction
  • Resource provides printable worksheets and materials for classroom use
  • Lesson contains additional questions for advanced students
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