Whitman Massacre Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Whitman Massacre. Students will be able to answer questions using textual evidence to support their answers and summarize the events to led up to the attack using graphics.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on the Whitman Massacre, students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Summarize the events that led up to the attack.
  • Describe the attack using maps and/or other graphics.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


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


  • barricade
  • conflict
  • converting
  • custom
  • emigrants
  • epidemic
  • extortion
  • healer
  • hostage
  • militia
  • missionaries
  • natives
  • nomadic
  • ransom
  • retribution
  • settlement
  • settlers
  • tomahawks


  • Copies of the worksheet
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Example of a rebus story

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