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Lesson Plan: The Kent State University Shooting


This lesson will cover the events surrounding the Kent State University shooting, where four students were killed and nine were injured by National Guardsmen during a student protest against the Vietnam War. Students will learn about the historical context of the protest, the events leading up to the shooting, and the aftermath.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the historical context of the Kent State University protest
  • Understand the events leading up to the shooting
  • Analyze the aftermath of the shooting
  • Evaluate the impact of the shooting on the anti-war movement


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Students will be encouraged to engage critically with the material and to draw connections between the events of the past and the present.


  • Textbook: Kent State: What Happened and Why by James A. Michener
  • Primary source documents: transcripts of eyewitness accounts, news articles, and government reports
  • Audiovisual materials: news footage, photographs, and documentaries
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts: discussion questions, group activity instructions


  • Lecture: The instructor will provide an overview of the historical context of the protest and the events leading up to the shooting.
  • Discussion: Students will be divided into small groups to discuss the following questions: What were the main causes of the protest? What were the protesters hoping to achieve? What were the National Guardsmen's orders? What were the consequences of the shooting?
  • Group activity: Each group will be assigned a different primary source document related to the shooting. They will analyze the document and present their findings to the class.
  • Assessment: Students will write a short essay evaluating the impact of the shooting on the anti-war movement.


Students will be assessed on their participation in class discussion and group activities, as well as their written essay.

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