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KH8B3I4: Describe role of important individuals
during territorial period (e.g., John Brown) KH8B8I3 8:
Examine and analyze historical
Reading 7-S1B4I11: Explain the relationship
between elements of author’s style and his purpose
for writing the text.
Writing 7-S3B9I1 & 2: Write a descriptive or
John Brown believed violence was justified if it
made Kansas a free state. John Brown made a personal commitment
Evaluate a written source
What actions did John Brown take to support his
abolitionist beliefs? What sacrifices did John Brown make in
efforts to make Kansas a free state?
worksheet analysis of the John Brown letter
Introduce theme of Kansas Territory, free-state, the struggle
over the slavery issue.
Introduce students to John Brown
with the “Student
Explore Brown’s actions
and personal commitment to the abolitionist cause in Kansas
Territory with the
worksheet “John Brown Speaks.” Using the
focus questions for this lesson, lead a discussion about
the students’ exploration of John Brown
through this letter
from John Brown to his family, September 7, 1856. The Battle of Osawatomie propelled
John Brown to national recognition as accounts of it appeared
newspapers throughout the nation. Have students write a
newspaper article about the Battle of
Osawatomie from John Brown’s perspective.