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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-25 The Hmong Migration

This lesson explores the reasons one group of Southeast Asians, the Hmong, migrated to Kansas.  Students will analyze a primary source artifact (a textile story cloth).  Students will use historical thinking skills to "read" the artifact.  They will read a brief essay about the Hmong and answer the question they raised from reading the artifact. Then they will record a piece of their personal, family, class, or community history in a visual medium and have other students "read" their story.  This lesson is designed to take two class periods. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-25 Textile Diary
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M-25 Casualties of War
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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards

Standard #4 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.7.2: The student will determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  • W.7.7: The student will conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
  • 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.