Everything we think, believe, and do hinges on the information we have. So . . .
We must guard ourselves from misinformation
and diligently seek reliable, up-to-date, unbiased, and complete information.
Mrs. Edwards, January 2013

Guiding Questions

How was the Constitution of the United States disregarded in the Tulsa Race Riot? What were the consequences? Why was this allowed to happen and how can we prevent this or any disregard for the Constitution from ever happening again? Should reparations be made? If so, why? If not, why? If so, how? If not, what should be done?


Common Core State Standards » History/Social Studies » Grade 6-8

Key Ideas and Details

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 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.

Craft and Structure

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6 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).

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Oklahoma C3 Priority Academic Student Standards

8th Grade American History, Content Standard 3:

The student will examine the formation of the American system of government following the Revolutionary War that led to the creation of the United States Constitution.

5. Cite specific textual and visual evidence and summarize the rights and responsibilities all Americans possess under the United States Constitution as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights including the freedoms of religion,speech, press, assembly, petition, and the rights to due process and trial by jury.


Constitution and The Bill of Rights

You will want to link to specific parts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These sites will let you do that.

Time Lines



Voices of Oklahoma -- First person account interviews of famous Oklahomans including those who witnessed the Tulsa Race Riot. In the search box, type in "race riot".


Johnson, Hannibal B. "Righting the Wrongs of History." Oklahoma Humanities V.2 (2012): 24-27. Print.

Interactive Activities

Power, Prejudice, & Preventing Ethnic Conflicts - http://www.rippleeffects.com/resist/teens/ethnic_conflict/intro2012.html
Quizlet games based upon the United States Constitution graphic adaptation -

Newspaper Articles -- Remember to Beware of Bias!

Web Pages

Resulting Legislation


National History Day District Documentary Winner 2012: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921


1921 Tulsa Race Riot:Survivors & Decendants Recall :PART ONE


1921 Tulsa Race Riot:Survivors & Decendants Recall :PART TWO


1921 Tulsa Race Riot:Survivors & Decendants Recall :PART THREE


1921 Tulsa Race Riot:Survivors & Decendants Recall :PART FOUR

Essay Writing Resources

Essay Builder http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/essay/

Citing Sources


Project Ideas

  • We thought that/We found out that book using PowerPoint slides and documentation
  • Excel spreadsheet -- Column of events with column of specific Constitutional Violations, documentation
  • Glogster - illustrating spreadsheet and use of links
  • Map bulletin board -- This project is taken already.
  • Other proposals?

Project Requirements

  • Journal
  • 5 Paragraph Essay

Tulsa Race Riot Connections

"Starting All Over Again" song by "IZ"

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole IZ Web Page
Joplin Tornado -- starting over again. How was the Tulsa Race Riot different from the Joplin Tornado as far as starting over again? Mrs. Edwards says to look for the helpers when a disaster happens. Mr. Cherry says to be a helper.
  • Sources of Lightby Margaret McMullan-- fiction book set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's
    • "We all were different, and that made us all the same." page 185
    • "Sit on the truth too long and you mash the life right out of it." page 201
  • Page 82 talks about the phone conversations between then President John F.l Kennedy and the Governor of Mississippi.
  • The actual phone recordings: http://microsites.jfklibrary.org/olemiss/confrontation/telephone.html
Tulsa Burning by Anna Myers, fiction book about the Tulsa Race Riot by an Oklahoma author
The word


Can be an academic type magazine or can be something you write in regularly that is similar to a diary.
Jack Gantos
Fiction author who has written many books based on the journals he kept as we was growing up.
touching spirit bear.jpg
In Touching Spirit Bear by Benn Mikaelsen, Cole, is ANGRY. He is a violent bully who wants everyone
and everything to be afraid of him. After attacking another student at school, he gets the chance to go to
a remote Alaska island to live in lieu of going to prison. His encounter with a Spirit Bear changes his life.
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In Ghost of Spirit Bear, sequel to Touching Spirit Bear, both by Ben Mikaelson, Cole
returns to high school to face old challenges that he had conquered in the isolation
of the island. Cole tries to make reparations to the boy that he injured.
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Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell is about having goals, starting over again, overcoming obstacles,
knowing that people are more important than things, AND it's a great story.

"No man is an island" by John Donne


Last updated January 28, 2013.