Crossroads of Conflict  |

Contested Visions of Freedom & The Missouri-Kansas Border Wars

Lesson Plans

One of the main objectives of the Crossroads of Conflict workshop is to use the information and experience acquired in order to produce classroom materials that will be useful to participants, their students, and other educators. To this end we require that each participant create and share lesson plans that use documents and/or concepts learned during the workshop week.

Below you will find a selection of lesson plans from the previous workshops.

Elementary School

George Caleb Bingham
Student identification and descriptive writings of individual characters in George Caleb Bingham’s painting of Order # 11 >> download file

Middle School

Life of Slaves
Not All Slaves Lived on Plantations: Use primary documents to teach students about the different sort of lives slaves lived. >> download file

Were John Brown's Actions those of a Good Citizen?
Students will analyze primary documents, define and apply content vocabulary to make inferences and draw conclusions for persuasive arguments, both orally and in writing. >> download file

High School

John Brown: Hero or Villain
Groups of students will work with primary documents to identify roles, analyze impact and assess the opposing views of John Brown as a hero and as a villain . >> download file

The Lecompton Constitution and President James Buchanan
Using excerpts from primary documents and questions to stimulate thinking about the consequences of these two events and their implementation.  >> download file

Border Conflicts
Consider who and what were responsible for the Kansas and Missouri guerrilla conflicts during the 1850s and the Civil War, and what can we learn from these tragic events.  >> download file

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NEH Border Wars
203 Cockefair Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

SUMMER 2017 Workshops
June 25 - June 30
July 9 - July 14

Sponsored by the
UMKC Center for Midwestern Studies

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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