The summer of 1919 saw over 20 race riots break out across the United States.  Chicago was the site of particularly high violence.  In this lesson, students deliberate the origins of the Chicago race riots by exploring five documents that reflect different social, cultural, and economic causes.

Image: Photo of a white gang looking for blacks during the Chicago race riots of 1919. From the Wikimedia Commons.


Hi cmblakemore, thank you for your comment. There isn't a Document E in the Original Documents file because we have included only four original documents. Documents B-E in the lesson plan have been modified. Document A in the lesson plan, the textbook excerpt, has not been modified, so it has not been included in the Original Documents file. We acknowledge that this is a bit confusing and will take your feedback into account. As for whether you should use the modified or original documents, the answer depends on the reading level and needs of your students.
When downloading the original documents, there is no "Document E." Document E can only be found in the lesson plan. Are the modified documents at the end of the lesson simply for modification/differentiation, compared to the originals? Or which one should be used?
This lesson worked well with my students. They began to understand point of view as they evaluated the sources. The discussion was very lively and on point. I was unable to show the film clips because our district prevents us from viewing films from the internet
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