Lesson Plan Template

Subject: History/Social Studies
Standards:






Topic & Concept: Bleeding Kansas

Grade: 5th

Kansas History/Social studies standards:1-5
1. Choices have consequences.
2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities.
3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, idea, and diversity.
4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.
5. Relationships between people, place, idea, and environments are dynamic.

Content Objectives:

Write, revise, and present an oral presentation (23 minutes) about their chosen topic. The students
can use any method for presentations (digital,
PowerPoint, ect.)

Assessment Plan:
(Formative and/or
Summative)

Written and oral presentation- students will have worked to write, revise and produce a written paper of their information
along with a short oral presentation on their topic, which should then be presented to the class, or others if desired.

Integration of Literacy:
Reading
Writing
Listening
Speaking
Viewing
Visual Representation

Language Objectives: Students will be able to describe the
differences between "bushwhackers" or "border ruffians" and the
"jayhawkers" of the time period. Students will be able to describe the
situation known as Bleeding Kansas and its importance to American
history. Students will be able to explain popular sovereignty and its
importance in governmental history.

Reading-materials to prepare presentations
Writing-outline of presentations and paper
Listening-to classmate’s presentations
Speaking-presentation to the class about their topic
Viewing-classmate’s presentations, videos
Visual Representation-popcorn video, powtoon video, students
should produce either a visual or digital presentation to accompany
their oral presentation

Vocabulary: Bleeding Kansas
Bushwhackers
Border Ruffians
Jayhawkers
Proslavery
Abolitionist
Kansas-Nebraska Act
John Brown

Materials/Technology:
Computers
Web access
Valid resources for information
Knowledge about making presentations
All other instructional materials/technology for the presentation.

Differentiation:

Guidance
Demonstrations/Techniques on presentation ideas
Observation of their progress
Encourage students to ask questions about their topic
Videos from internet
Websites (reputable source)

Introduction:

Bleeding Kansas deals with the years leading up to the actual start of the Civil War, during a time when the Kansas
Missouri border was in the forefront of the news. It was a period directly before official war was declared between the
Confederate States of America and the United States of America. This lesson will teach students about the guerilla
warfare that took place, the important people involved and the events that eventually helped spark a nation to full out
Civil War.

Anticipatory Set:
(Background
knowledge)

Create a digital or visual presentation of the person or event that they choose to research. Provide an accurate detailed
presentation of their topic

Lesson Procedure (The following three categories occur simultaneously)
Instruction

Modeling

Checking for Understanding

1. Research and participation- students
should use class time wisely to
complete the task of researching their
given topic and creating their
presentation.
2. Students will watch videos prepared by
the teacher to provide information and
ideas to use in their presentations.
3. Students will have worked to write,
revise and produce a written paper of
their information along with a short oral
presentation on their topic, which
should then be presented to the class.
4. Students should produce either a visual
or digital presentation to accompany
their oral presentation

1. Student select a topic or individual
about Bleeding Kansas
2. Students should be given time to
research and study their topics.
Teachers should follow up with each
student to make sure that they are
using primary resources and that they
are reading multiple accounts of the
same event. This will allow the students
to evaluate their research for bias
before presenting a finished project.
Depending on how much class time the
teacher would like to give students to
work will guide the number of days
needed.
3. Students should put together either a
visual, i.e. poster, or a digital, power
point or movie, to show the audience
the information that they have
researched and found credible.
Students should include a works cited
page. Students should also write and
turn in the first draft of their oral
presentation for teacher review.
4. Teacher and students should review
and revise the oral presentation until
both are content with the information
provided. Students should then begin to
memorize their oral presentation.
Students will then present their finished
presentations, both visual and oral, to
the audience. Students should be able
to answer pertinent questions about
their topic.

1. Collects a great deal of information, all
relating to the topic.
2. Written and oral presentation should be
clearly written to cover all the major
parts of the topic.
3. Visual presentation should be clear
depiction and incorporation of many
elements of culture and history.
4. Organization and presentation with
thoughtful information and strong
supporting details. Graphics offer
support of text.
5. Students will be able to describe the
situation known as Bleeding Kansas
and its importance to American history.

Guided Practice:

Create a digital or visual presentation of the person or event that they choose to research. Students are free to use
technology such as clips, skype with experts, YouTube videos or any other method to provide an informative
presentation.

Independent Practice:

Working on the internet for information, videos and activities to prepare the presentation.

Closure:

Students will be able to describe the situation known as Bleeding Kansas, important individuals of the time and the
importance of this to American history.

Self Reflection:

After observing the preparations and presentations, the teacher will have a better understanding of the ideas and
principles that were effective and informative to the students and others that were not. From there the teacher will be
able to modify their approach at teaching about Bloody Kansas.