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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-39 Rural Depopulation

While Kansas' population has grown, the population density has shifted from rural areas to urban.  In this lesson students will read three newspaper articles describing recent situations faced by rural Kansans and their reactions and solutions to these situations.  Students will use graphic organizers to collect information from the articles.  The lesson is designed to take two class periods. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-39 Where do people in Kansas live?
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M-39 Evidence Card 1: Groceries in Grove County
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M-39 Evidence Card 2: School District Consolidation
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M-39 Evidence Card 3: Pharmacy Problems
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Lesson Plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #4 Societies experience continuity and change over time.

  • 4.2: The student will analyze the context of continuity and change and the vehicles of reform, drawing conclusions about past change and potential future change.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1:  The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • 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.