To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Freedom’s Frontier, we are offering educators a chance at winning $1,500 for use in their classrooms!

Shared Stories of the Civil War is a collection of primary-source based readers’ theaters scripts produced by Kansas Humanities Council in cooperation with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. These scripts weave together excerpts from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other materials to explore themes that were relevant to individuals living in the 19th century and provide adults and students a way to connect with and think critically about history. The historical voices that make up the Shared Stories scripts provide insight into how 19th century Americans living in Kansas and Missouri struggled to define the meaning of freedom during the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War years.

Educators are encouraged to use these readers’ theater scripts creatively in their middle school or high school History, English, or Theater classrooms. We invite educators to submit to Freedom’s Frontier any lesson plans or activities they create using the Shared Stories scripts for a chance to receive $1,500 for classroom resources! We will collect and post all submissions on our website to inspire other educators while creating an online repository of lesson plans that engage students in working with primary source material to think critically about how we define freedom in the 1850s, 1860s, and today.

All Shared Stories of the Civil War scripts and citations, can be found here. For more information contact Elizabeth Hobson

Contest opens May 10th, 2015 and closes May 10th, 2016! 

 Shared Stories in Our Classroom Application 

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