Special Note on Teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre
Please be aware that the texts in this lesson contain firsthand descriptions of violence. Be sure to preview the content before you teach it and make sure it is 1) appropriate for your students, and 2) that you have a plan to ease students into and out of this difficult, yet vitally important history. There is no simple way to teach challenging topics successfully, but being prepared will help you navigate the lesson and, we hope, reward all who participate.
Note: Below are PDFs of the student and teacher versions of the Mini-Q. If you know our work, the student version is the right-hand side of our print binders, and the teacher version includes these pages, and also includes the left-hand side teacher notes with content and teaching tips. PLEASE DO NOT share the teacher version with students. We provide it here because this topic requires teachers to have a great deal of context themselves to teach the unit effectively.
A Special Thank You
We would like to thank Vanessa Adams-Harris from The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation in Tulsa for her time and knowledge in helping launch this project. Thank you also to Karlos Hill, professor at the University of Oklahoma, for helping establish a respectable bibliography and for reviewing an early draft of this lesson. Anthony Cherry, Emily Harris, Chanelle Klenke, Alex La May Nanik, and Fred Smitherman, all teachers in the Tulsa Public Schools, deserve many thanks for reviewing a late draft and giving their time and honest feedback about ways to further improve this Mini-Q. Thank you for the support and encouragement from the people who guided the teaching of history and social science in the Tulsa Public Schools as we were writing, Mary Jane Snedeker and Amanda Solivan.
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