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A Early Peoples Exploration, and Drawing Boundaries (7000 BCE—1854 CE)

B Statehood and Civil War (1854—1865)

C Kansas: To the Stars through Difficulty (1865—1890s)

  • In this unit students should consider the impact of frontier forts, railroads, cattle, farming, and immigration on the development of the state's government, economy, and culture.

  • The students should investigate the romantic image of the West and compare and contrast that image with primary source evidence.

  • The students should concentrate on the development of the political, economic, and cultural identity of the state.

  • C.I Ideas

    • C.I.1 homesteading

    • C.I.2 immigration

    • C.I.3 romantic image of the West

    • C.I.4 promotion and growth of agriculture

    • C.I.5 railroads

  • C.PR People/Roles

    • C.PR.1 Buffalo Soldiers

    • C.PR.2 Satanta

    • C.PR.3 Cyrus K. Holliday

    • C.PR.4 Fred Harvey

    • C.PR.5 Joseph McCoy

    • C.PR.6 Exodusters

    • C.PR.7 ethnic and religious immigrants

  • C.PI Places/Institutions

    • C.PI.1 Abilene

    • C.PI.2 Ellsworth

    • C.PI.3 Dodge City

    • C.PI.4 Nicodemus

    • C.PI.5 Topeka

    • C.PI.6 Atchison

    • C.PI.7 Leavenworth

    • C.PI.8 Wichita

  • C.E Events

    • C.E.1 Homestead Act

    • C.E.2 Medicine Lodge Treaty

    • C.E.3 Sand Creek Massacre

    • C.E.4 cattle drives

    • C.E.5 land grant universities

  • C.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • C.Q.1 What were the consequences of decisions made when deciding where to build a railroad?

    • C.Q.2 How successful was the Civil War in improving minority rights in Kansas?

    • C.Q.3 How did ethnic and religious immigrants impact the culture of the state?

    • C.Q.4 In what ways did railroads change the political, social, and economic environment of the state?

    • C.Q.5 How did cowboys, cow towns, and cattle drives contribute to the romantic image of the West?

D Progress and Reform (1860s—1920s)

  • In this unit, students should investigate the development of specific industries within the state and critical reform movements.

  • The bulk of the time in this unit should be spent considering the historic, economic, political, and geographic context of these developments and the conditions which existed to inspire these reforms.

  • D.I Ideas

    • D.I.1 industrialization

    • D.I.2 specialization

    • D.I.3 transportation

    • D.I.4 communication

    • D.I.5 prohibition

    • D.I.6 populism

    • D.I.7 progressivism

    • D.I.8 suffrage movements

    • D.I.9 socialism

  • D.PR People/Roles

    • D.PR.1 Samuel Crumbine

    • D.PR.2 Charles Sheldon

    • D.PR.3 Carry Nation

    • D.PR.4 Mary Lease

    • D.PR.5 Karl Menninger

    • D.PR.6 Walter Chrysler

    • D.PR.7 Walter and Olive Beech

    • D.PR.8 Clyde Cessna

    • D.PR.9 William Allen White

    • D.PR.10 Kate Richards O'Hare

  • D.PI Places/Institutions

    • D.PI.1 Emporia

    • D.PI.2 Medicine Lodge

    • D.PI.3 Girard

    • D.PI.4 Pittsburg

  • D.E Events

    • D.E.1 national prohibition

    • D.E.2 World War I

    • D.E.3 Legislative War

    • D.E.4 Appeal to Reason

    • D.E.5 coal miner strikes

    • D.E.6 discovery of oil/gas

  • D.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • D.Q.1 What are the factors to be considered by workers and employers when considering a strike and its potential consequences?

    • D.Q.2 Who should be allowed to vote?

    • D.Q.3 How and why did Populism and Socialism gain in popularity during this period?

    • D.Q.4 How might one compare prohibition in Kansas to the war on drugs of this generation?

    • D.Q.5 What factors gave rise to industry in Kansas?

E Good Times and Bad (1920s—1940s)

  • In this unit, students should consider the boom and bust nature of the U.S. economy. Investigating the political, economic, and social context under which these conditions existed.

  • Students should investigate the role the state and Kansans played in World War I and II.

  • Students should spend the bulk of their time in this unit considering the causes, conditions, and remedies for the economic distress of the Great Depression.

  • E.I Ideas

    • E.I.1 distribution of wealth and resources

    • E.I.2 agricultural conservation

    • E.I.3 growth of entertainment

  • E.PR People/Roles

    • E.PR.1 Charles Curtis

    • E.PR.2 Arthur Capper

    • E.PR.3 Langston Hughes

    • E.PR.4 Amelia Earhart

    • E.PR.5 James Naismith

    • E.PR.6 Herbert Hoover

    • E.PR.7 Alf Landon

    • E.PR.8 Dwight Eisenhower

    • E.PR.9 John Stewart Curry

  • E.PI Places/Institutions

    • E.PI.1 Pearl Harbor

    • E.PI.2 Normandy

    • E.PI.3 Germany

    • E.PI.4 Italy

    • E.PI.5 Japan

    • E.PI.6 Lawrence

    • E.PI.7 Topeka

    • E.PI.8 Abilene

  • E.E Events

    • E.E.1 Great Depression

    • E.E.2 World War II

    • E.E.3 Stock Market Crash

    • E.E.4 Dust Bowl

    • E.E.5 New Deal

  • E.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • E.Q.1 What choices led to the consequences of the Great Depression in the state?

    • E.Q.2 Does the government have a duty to help the needy?

    • E.Q.3 In what ways were ideas and beliefs about individualism, pride, and self-sufficiency challenged during this time period?

    • E.Q.4 How did Kansas change from 1900 to 1945?

    • E.Q.5 What was the relationship between economic recovery in Kansas and war in Europe?

F Kansas and a Changing World (1950s—2000s)

  • In this unit, students should examine the role of the state as the United States develops as a world leader.

  • Students should evaluate the changing infrastructure of the nation and its impact on Kansas.

  • Students should investigate the impact of the Cold War on Kansas' social, economic, and political development.

  • Students should spend time investigating the idea of civil rights in broad general terms.

  • This unit should include the consideration of the role of Kansas, Kansans, and Brown v Topeka Board of Education in advancing civil rights.

  • F.I Ideas

    • F.I.1 civil rights

    • F.I.2 Cold War

    • F.I.3 Communism

    • F.I.4 rise of interstate transportation

  • F.PR People/Roles

    • F.PR.1 Oliver Brown

    • F.PR.2 Charles Scott

    • F.PR.3 Thurgood Marshall

    • F.PR.4 Harry Colmery

    • F.PR.5 Gordon Parks

    • F.PR.6 Robert Dole

    • F.PR.7 Nancy Landon Kassebaum

    • F.PR.8 Georgia Neese Clark

    • F.PR.9 Dwight Eisenhower

  • F.PI Places/Institution

    • F.PI.1 Korea

    • F.PI.2 Vietnam

    • F.PI.3 Fort Scott

    • F.PI.4 Topeka

    • F.PI.5 Ogallala Aquifer

  • F.E Events

    • F.E.1 popularity of television

    • F.E.2 Korean War

    • F.E.3 floods of 1951

    • F.E.4 Brown v Topeka Board of Education

    • F.E.5 Dockum Drug sit-in

    • F.E.6 space race

    • F.E.7 Vietnam

    • F.E.8 flood control system

    • F.E.9 interstate highways

  • F.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • F.Q.1 How did the decision to participate in the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 impact the people of Kansas?

    • F.Q.2 In what ways were African Americans getting an inferior education in Topeka public schools?

    • F.Q.3 In what ways did beliefs and ideas about race lead to segregation in Kansas?

    • F.Q.4 How has the U.S. military presence in Kansas changed over the time period?

    • F.Q.5 How was the Kansas economy impacted by Cold War conflicts?

G Kansas and a Modern World (1970s—present)

  • In this unit, students should examine events leading up to the present and draw a contemporary picture of the state.

  • Students should investigate how the state is positioned for the future, including an overview of the current state constitution.

  • The bulk of their time should be spent reflecting on the state's history, drawing conclusions about our past, present, and future.

  • G.I Ideas

    • G.I.1 globalization

    • G.I.2 rural depopulation

    • G.I.3 energy

    • G.I.4 Kansas economy

    • G.I.5 Kansas government

  • G.PR People/Roles

    • G.PR.1 Black Bear Bosin

    • G.PR.2 Bill Kurtis

    • G.PR.3 astronauts

    • G.PR.4 Lynette Woodard

    • G.PR.5 Gayle Sayers

    • G.PR.6 Barry Sanders

    • G.PR.7 Jack Kilby

    • G.PR.8 Kathleen Sebelius

  • G.PI Places/Institutions

    • G.PI.1 Wichita

    • G.PI.2 Kansas City

    • G.PI.3 Topeka Events current and critical issues

  • G.E Events

    • G.E.1 current and critical issues

  • G.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • G.Q.1 How are important decisions about Kansas' state policies made?

    • G.Q.2 What are critical rights issues in the state?

    • G.Q.3 How are the beliefs and ideas of Kansans different/similar from other places?

    • G.Q.4 What has been the most significant change in Kansas in the last 50 years?

    • G.Q.5 What are the most important relationships in Kansas?