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Curriculum Resources - Lesson Plan Examples

Following are submitted lesson plans from educators.  Feel free to adapt for sharing the Greenwood History.  Be sure to cite the original author and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation when you use the resources.

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Three-Day Educator Symposium on the Tulsa Race Riot/Massacre

Author:  Oklahoma State University Writing Project (July 28-30, 2010)

The Oklahoma State University Writing Project is committed to improving the teaching and learning of multiple literacies in Oklahoma's classrooms. As pre-k through university educators, we offer our colleagues a long-term professional development community. Our goal is to nurture reflective practitioners and teacher leaders grounded in inquiry and research-based practice. Effective teachers are the best instruments of social equity and positive educational change.  The three-day Symposium on the Tulsa Race Riot/Massacre included 20+ educators from the Tulsa area who explored the Greenwood area, created lesson plans, and collaborated on best strategies to share the rich history of the Greenwood area through engaging activities and conversation in our classrooms.

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Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Place-as-Text Lesson Plan

Author:  Shanedra D. Nowell, Ph.D. (2011)

For this unit on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, I want my students to know Tulsa's past, experience its present,
and develop a vision for its future through reading, interpreting, analyzing, and creating texts. In keeping with
21st century literacies, texts include books, newspaper, internet media, images, maps,
symbols, places, and so much more. In our seminar on the literature and intangible heritage of New Orleans, I
have been thinking about Tulsa as a character in a long-standing folktale. Each time the narrative is told and
re-told, the telling changes slightly, but the heart of the story remains fixed and true. The Tulsa Race Riot is
just once section of Tulsa's ongoing story—the climax where a century of building tension exploded into
violence on the streets of Greenwood. But the document is yet to be written as we work to heal the scars
of the past. In this way, it is easy to see place as text—a narrative structured, told, restructured, and retold.

Link for the Resource: The 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and Its Legacy: Experiencing Place as Text

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Danger of a Single-Story History: A Mini-Unit on Tulsa Greenwood

Author:  Dewayne Dickens, Ph.D. (July 15, 2014)

The purpose of this mini-unit is to integrate oral history preservation, short writing, and multi-perspective thinking in a classroom field trip.  These activities are designed to accumulate into a short argument that students write or, through extension, to a longer researched argument.  These kinds of quick writing activities make an efficient use of classroom and field trip time because they build fluency for students and, by designing the quick writes to build on each other, give students experience with more complex tasks.

Link for the Resource: The Danger of the Single-Story History: A Mini-Unit on Tulsa Greenwood

Danger of a Single-Story History
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Tour the Park - Team Activity

Author:  Alicia Latimer, MLIS (2018)

The purpose of this Reconciliation Park activity is to provide a learning experience that allows families and other groups to explore the park and learn about basic information about Tulsa's Greenwood Story.



Link for the Resource: The Tour the Park - Team Activity


Tour the Park
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The Destruction of Black Wall Street: The Tulsa Riot

Author:  Ohio State University (Copyright 2019)

This lesson introduces students to a specific outbreak of racial violence in American history, the Tulsa riot of 1921.  On May 31, 1921, reports circulated around Tulsa that a black elevator operator had attacked a white girl.  As tensions grew, mobs of whites entered the black section of town, an area Booker T. Washington had dubbed "Black Wall Street" because of its economic success, and killed an unknown number of African-Americans.  In addition the mobs burned down much of the black neighborhood and may have used airplanes to drop bombs from the air.  The wealth of information available about this riot will allow students an intimate look at not only the causes of violence, but also the specific responses of members of the black and white communities.


Link for the Resource: The Destruction of Black Wall Street: The Tulsa Riot


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