Georgia US History 11 Connection: Red Summers 1

Georgia US History 11 Connection: Red Summers 1

These connections take Self-Evident videos and explicitly connect them to Georgia US History standards. An optional extension article is included to further set the video in larger context. For other lessons that dive deeper into the historical context or original story, check out the Self-Evident curriculum library.

Standard:

  • SSUSH15.b: Explain the domestic impact of WWI, including the origins of the Great Migration.
  • SSUSH16 Investigate how political, economic, and cultural developments after WW I led to a shared national identity

US History Basic Connection:

  1. Complete the Basic Plan for “Red Summer 1: Chicago & Elaine”
  2. Transition to the standard: “The Red Summer is a result of political, social, and economic changes in America following WWI. Some argue that these changes made America more homogenous, or have a more united identity.”
  3. Ask students to write about or discuss in pairs, small groups, or as a class some or all of the following:
    • How does the Great Migration relate to the Red Summer?
    • What are other political, economic, and cultural developments after WWI that help explain the Red Summer?
    • Is it accurate to say these events “led to a shared national identity”? Why or why not?

Optional US History Larger Context:

  1. Set a purpose for reading: “To understand the bigger picture of these stories, we’re going to read a short article about the Great Migration. As you read, think about how this new information helps explain why there was violence in both the north and the south.”
  2. Have students read “Jim Crow and the Great Migration” from Newsela, also available in Spanish and at varied reading levels.
  3. Ask students to write about or discuss in pairs, small groups, or as a class some or all of the following:
    • How does the new information in this article help us understand what happened in Chicago and Elaine better?
    • What new information do you have about why there was a Great Migration?
    • What new evidence do you have for why there was racial violence in both the North and South in 1919?
    • Did the Great Migration contribute to a more united American identity? Why or why not?

Related Articles from Newsela: