Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 Abstract
* Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, Kansas was called "The Great American Desert."
* In 1854, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act which opened Kansas to settlement.
* Lured by cheap land, people from all places and economic conditions came to Kansas via boat, stagecoach, covered wagon and eventually the railroad.
* Upon arriving at...
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