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This video worksheet allows students learn about the Omaha Race Riot of 1919 and lynching of Will Brown. The video clip is only 6 minutes long, but it is one of the most powerful videos you can show your students about lynchings and the violence directed at African Americans in the early 1900s.
This video worksheet works great as a “Do Now Activity” or as a complement to any lecture or lesson plan on Civil Rights during the 1900s. The worksheet has students answer questions related to the riot and murder of Will Brown. My students have a better understanding of the need for the Civil Rights Movement after watching this video. This simple lesson plan is great at helping students understand discrimination and the commonality of lynchings in America during early 1900s, especially of African Americans.
This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is hand out the worksheet to the students and play the video from the following website below. You can also download the video right to your computer from the website using KeepVid.
The worksheet is labeled (Omaha Race Riot of 1919 and the Lynching of Will Brown)
Students watch the video and answer the questions on the worksheet. The worksheet includes 10 questions and has an answer sheet for the teacher. I recommend pausing the video at times to allow students to reflect and answer questions. The worksheet can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify this assignment as needed for your classes.
Please check out my other African American History and Civil Rights lesson plans.