Ku Klux Klan Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you with an activity, extension, quiz, and example discussion questions so that students can better understand the Ku Klux Klan.

Learning Objectives

Once students have worked their way through this lesson's suggested material, they need to be able to:

  • Understand the rise and demise of the Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction period
  • Identify the core positions the Ku Klux Klan of the Reconstruction period took with respect to various issues as well as why they took those positions.
  • Describe the various actions the Ku Klux Klan took against innocent people all over the U.S. to accomplish their goals


30-60 minutes without the activity


  • Handouts and excerpts of a Klan member's oath
  • Thumbtacks
  • Post-it notes
  • A map of the U.S. right after the Civil War

Curriculum Standards


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Key Terms

  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Confederacy
  • Enforcement Acts
  • Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871
  • Civil Rights Act of 1871


Warm Up

  • Ask a couple of questions to warm up the class:
    • What is the Ku Klux Klan?
    • What are members of the Ku Klux Klan famous for wearing?


  • Play the following video lesson for the entire class:

Ku Klux Klan During Reconstruction: History & Explanation

  • After watching the video in its entirety, discuss the following:
    • What is the Ku Klux Klan?
    • What are some of the actions the Ku Klux Klan is famous for?
    • What was the primary goal of the Klan? Why?
    • Did everyone in the South support the Klan?
    • What were the Enforcement Acts?
    • What led to the demise of the Ku Klux Klan?
    • Mini-activity: pass out excerpts of an oath a modern Klan member would take. Compare what it says to what the Klan is known for (historically and today).


  • Each student should take the following quiz as an in-class activity:
  • Go over the questions and answers once everyone has finished.

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