Rcs kindergarten Social Studies – 1st Trimester

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Lesson # 2

Title: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana

Duration: 2 days

Learning Goals Based on Standards:

The goal of this lesson is to investigate the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana.

Essential Questions:

  1. Why do people belong to different organizations?

  2. Why is there injustice?

  3. What influences cause people to join a group?

  4. How did Indiana become the headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan?

  5. Why did the KKK lose most of its members after 1930?

Students will Know:

Essential Vocabulary

  • prejudice

  • primary resources

  • secondary resources

  • writing process

  • lynching

Students will be able to

  • analyze primary and secondary sources.

  • determine the reliability, validity, and authenticity of primary and secondary source documents.

  • understand how a primary source, can be more effective than a secondary source.

  • take notes and maintain an interactive notebook.

  • analyze cause and effect.

  • read information from two separate sources on the same topic and synthesize the information.

  • write RAFTS using evidence found in historical documents.

  • present information orally.

Students will Do:

  • Think –Pair –Share

  • Match the vocabulary words with the definitions.

  • Take notes on the KKK in Indiana

  • Continue the timeline

  • Exit slips

Assessment: How will students demonstrate the desired understandings? (Performance tasks, quizzes, tests, journals, homework, observations, etc.) How will understanding be judged?



Instructional Activities/Sequence:

  1. Review the vocabulary words.

  2. Review what we learned in the first lesson about the formation of the KKK.

  3. Go to the three websites and look at the information about the KKK in Indiana.

  4. In groups, look at newspaper articles regarding the KKK in the 1920’s to 1930’s.

  5. Rotate the groups so every group reads the articles.

  6. Discuss what was important about each article. Teacher will write down the title of the article and each group will present what they thought the article was saying.

  7. Continue with the time line.



Ku Klux Klan Asks To Be Incorporated.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Jun 2, 1923. P. 13

(1 page).

“Anderson Talks on Ku Klux Klan.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Sep 9, 1923. P. E1.

(1 page).

“Ku Klux Klan Ousts Simmons and Clarke: Emperor and Imperial Giant Are Accused.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Jan 12, 1924. P. 13. ((1 page).
“Menace of The Ku Klux Klan Worries The South.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Jun 27, 1924. P. 5 (1 page).
“Klan Chief Writes of Ku Klux Aims: Evan Says That It Wants to Preserve America.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Mar 8, 1926. P. 2 (1 page).
“Big Ku Klux Rites Planned in Capitol.” New York Times (1923- Current). Sep 11, 1926. P.3

(1 page).

“Again Hunt Trail of Klan in Indiana.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Jul 7, 1927. P.7

(1 page).

“Bares Klan Terror in Indiana Reign.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Feb 21, 1928. P.15

(1 page).

‘The Ku Klux Klan.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Nov 6, 1932. P.BR21. (1 page).
“The Ku Klux Klan Names Colescott New Chief: former Veterinarian Succeeds Evans.” New York Times (1923 – Current). Jun 11, 1939. P. 47. (1 page).

Indiana and the Ku Klux Klan


(accessed on July 10, 2012)

Photos of Documents and Klan People

http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=any&CISOBOX1=application+for+KKK&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP2=all&CISOBOX2=1920s+%281920-1929%29&CISOFIELD2=date&CISOROOT=all&t=s&n=5,25,5,5,5 (accessed July 10, 2012)

Jim Crow Story / Ku Klux Klan

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_kkk.html (accessed on July 9, 2012)

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