KH8B3I1-8: Explains the concept of popular
sovereignty under the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
CG12B4I4: Examines issues regarding political
relationships in appropriate-level expository texts.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed popular
sovereignty to determine the issue of slavery for
the state of Kansas.
cause and effect
reading comprehension (organize and analyze
How was the issue of slavery to be decided in
What threatened the success of popular
sovereignty in Kansas Territory?
Cause and effect graphic organizer
Compare, contrast, and
Quickly review the Kansas-Nebraska Act, popular sovereignty,
and the steps in developing a constitution in
Kansas Territory (see the Teaching Instructions section of
Use the Student Reading and the cause & effect
Sense of the Lecompton Constitution,”
to explore the creation of the Lecompton Constitution.
groups of students to use the 1858 Congressional Debate
cards and the worksheet “Congress Must
Act!” to analyze the Lecompton Constitution in terms
of popular sovereignty. Have students share
possible solutions they believe Congress should have considered.
the class what Congress actually decided and the final
outcome for the Lecompton Constitution using
information in the teaching background portion of this
The current URL is http://territorialkansasonline.ku.edu/index.php?SCREEN=lesson_plans_popular_sovereignty.