11-13 yrs old
Visit the thriving businesses in Tulsa, OK in 1920 (known as Black Wall Street). Complete worksheets as you travel and learn about the history.
November 30, 2020
The Greenwood Cultural Center
The Tulsa Race Massacre: Then and now. By Tulsa Public Schools
Black Wall Street Remembered
The Burning of Black Wall Street - Tulsa, OK - Extra History
Oklahoma Historical Society Audio Archives, Tulsa Race Riot (Massacre) Commission Collection
Links to the first tape. Other interview tapes are available on their channel.
Other Thriving African-American Communities
Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District
By Hannibal B. Johnson
Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District (Images of America)
Please read this for a full outline of the lesson plan including related standards and a list of those who worked on this project.
Minecraft Activity Sheet
This document is to be used together with Minecraft to elicit conversations and record findings / learnings as students navigate the Minecraft map.
In-Class Activity Sheet
This document is to be used in the absence of Minecraft to elicit conversations and record findings / learnings of student-led internet research.
Search for the Truth Activity Sheet
This document is to be used in the absence of Minecraft. Students can use this to capture findings / learnings from research / class discussions.
Lesson plan created by Imani Sherman, Nina Navazio, Tochi Kanu-Ivi, Dr. Libby Dawson, Mechelle Brown, Greenwood Cultural Center and their board of directors.
Here are some questions students should be able to answer at the completion of the activity. There are a few YouTube videos linked below that can aid in the discussion and teachings:
1. What is Black Wall Street?
2. Where was Black Wall Street?
3. How did Black Wall Street come to be?
4. Why is Black Wall Street significant?
5. How economically buoyant was Black Wall Street?
6. What happened during the Tulsa race massacre?
7. Name a prominent person in the Black Wall Street Community.
8. What structures in Black Wall Street have lasted through time?
9. What building/business did you build for the community? Why is this important?
10. How can you help make your community a safe and bias free place for all to live in?
Students will demonstrate an understanding of Black Wall Street by completing a reflection entry in their game portfolio. Educators can review and respond to these reflection entries. If you do not have access to Minecraft, please use the worksheets linked in the supporting files.
As an extension, educators can request feedback via Flipgrid on their students reflections on mindfulness.
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