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We The People: Life at A Frontier Fort

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.2, 6-8.RH.8, 6-8.RH.9, 7.RI.9, 8.RI.9, 8.SL.4, 8.SL.5
State Standards:
Kansas State Standards: SS3 1.10 H, SS3 1.8, SS6 1.6, SS6 3.6, SS7 1.2, SS7 1.4, SS7 1.7
Missouri Social Studies Standards: SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


In our local communities today there are many people that play a role in the everyday operations. In many ways they are the same responsibilities the soldiers at Fort Scott shared when the fort was built in the 1840’s. 


When Fort Scott was built in the 1840’s America was a young nation that barely stretched across the Mississippi River. Native Americans were being forced to relocate west of the Mississippi River, which brought them into conflict with more aggressive natives already living on the Plains. Most of the west was either controlled by Mexico or set up to be a home for Natives where they could be gradually assimilated into American life. At the same time two overland trails were crossing right through Native land stretch all the way to Santa Fe and the Oregon Country. 


Fort Scott was known to be the “crack post of the frontier”. By the time the fort was closed for the first time in the 1850’s America had stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean and showed off their power by winning the Mexican War and gaining millions of acres of new land. Soldiers stationed at the fort played a part in fulfilling America’s manifest destiny.


In this lesson, your class will learn the reasons Fort Scott was built, discover why it was built where it was and will compare and contrast the different people(s) at the fort and the roles they played to make the fort a success. Lastly, students will compare their lives today with the way of life for the soldiers in Fort Scott.  



guide for distance learning program

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Individuals at the fort and the roles that they played

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Quotes from individuals at Fort Scott

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Map showing forts of Indian Frontier

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Sketch of the original design of Fort Scott as originally planned.

Download 1848 Sketch of Fort Scott

Map of reconstructed and restored buildings at Fort Scott

Download Map of Fort Scott National Historic Site

Short History of Fort Scott

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Worksheet about military road at Fort Scott

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Fill in Map of Permanent Indian Frontier

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Last updated: January 24, 2017