Abstract 12, Volume 8, Number 3, Winter 2013

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

 

Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Sarah E. Montgomery

Lauren Hanzelka

University of Northern Iowa

Abstract

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal tells the story of the Deputy U.S. Marshal and former slave, Bass Reeves.  Before reading, students will confront stereotypes they may have about the Old West.  As they read the text, students will be encouraged to make text-to-text connections on how the Old West may be portrayed in other sources. A graphic organizer paired with a discussion will highlight student connections, understandings, questions, and reactions to the text.  Lastly, students will create and share obituaries, honoring Bass Reeves’ accomplishments as an active citizen and his dedication to justice and equality.

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