Tulsa Massacre Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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13 pages
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This lesson plan on the Tulsa Massacre includes primary and secondary sources for students to analyze about the June 1921 "race riot" that rocked Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The lesson begins with a warm up and overview reading on the massacre that occurred when the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma (known as "Black Wall Street" due to the success of its African American community) was destroyed in a mob attack in 1921.

Students work together or individually to analyze 13 primary sources and determine what they can learn from each one. They then categorize them based on long-term or immediate causes, effects, or events. A worksheet is included for students to use as they go through stations, work at tables or desks, or on an included Google Doc.

Following the primary source analysis, students complete a short response or essay on the Tulsa Massacre and how it is known to history.

An included lesson plan details different ways to use the materials. It also links additional activities including videos, a Google Slides presentation of additional images, recommended podcast, additional primary sources to analyze, and more!

A completely editable Google Doc version of the entire lesson is included along with an answer key for your convenience!

This can also be downloaded as part of my Roaring 20's and Depression Unit Plan Bundle.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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