I dedicated one day of class time to teach the Tulsa Race Massacre as part of our review of the Roaring Twenties. First, I gave my students a two-page reading assignment on the Tulsa Massacre from History.com. The students answered guided reading questions as they completed the first part of the activity. Next, we watched a 7 minute video on the Tulsa Massacre from CNN.
After the guided reading worksheet and video, I had my students complete the Zinn Education Project’s Burned Out of Homes and History. They completed the mixer questions while moving around the room reviewing papers with the roles printed on them. My students were engaged and very interested as they learned more details about what happened to people during the massacre.
I will definitely use this activity again. I also plan to share the success of this activity with other history teachers at my school. The Zinn Education Project’s resources add important details to the very small amount of information found in our textbook.