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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-31 Was the Dust Bowl Good for Kansas?

The student will explore the causes and effects of the dust storms as well as the changes resulting from the storms.  Students will work with primary source documents, including a 1936 government film, to gather information.  They will use this information to build an argument for or against the thesis statement, "The dust storms were good for Kansas." This lesson is written for two class periods. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-31 Recipe for Disaster
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M-31 Irrigation
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M-31 Water Conservation
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M-31 Terracing Fields
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M-31 Strip Cropping
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M-31 Building Shelterbelts
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M-31 Changing Farming Practices
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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #1: Choices have consequences.

  • 1.3: The student will investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.2:  The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source, provides an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • RH.6-8.7: The student will integrate visual information (e.g., i charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print adn digital texts.
  • WHST.7.1(a-e): The student will write arguments to support claime with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • 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.
  • 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.