Wounded Knee Massacre


Our Wounded Knee Massacre lesson plan teaches students about Wounded Knee, its historical significance, and related vocabulary. Students create a poster about a related topic and practice using the vocabulary.

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Our Wounded Knee Massacre lesson plan introduces students to the final major conflict between Native-Americans and the U.S. Army. It was a controversial one-sided battle where over 200 men, women, and children of the Lakota Indian Tribe were killed. The lesson includes Native American/U.S. background information. During this lesson, students are asked to use their creativity to choose one of the following posters: a poster to honor those killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre, a poster encouraging peace between people, a poster encouraging people to respect each other, a poster summarizing the events at Wounded Knee. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions in order to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe the Wounded Knee Massacre, the cause and impact, and identify key participants of the conflict.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3., CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

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Social Studies


5th Grade, 6th Grade