The Bear River Massacre
How should the Bear River massacre be remembered?
In the past the Bear River Massacre has been described in many different ways, and has even been called a battle. Today nearly everyone agrees that it was in fact a massacre. What are the essential parts of the story of the Bear River Massacre that should be remembered?
Click on each of the links below to understand more about the context of the event.
These are some of the sources available to inform us about the events at Bear River. Click on each source below to read about the massacre from different perspectives. All accounts include the original version and a version simplified for student use.
This lesson can be adapted to fulfill either a Utah History Core Standard or a US History II Core Standard. Find the resources for both classes below.
Instructions for Graphic Organizer
Teachers: You may need to simplify, adjust, or scaffold these instructions for students, depending on grade level/ability. This is just a general outline.
Choose 6 sources from the archive page to analyze. (Teachers: you can add or remove rows from the table if you want students to look at more/fewer sources)
In the first column, write the name of the source, the author, the date it was published, and the type of source it is.
In the next two columns list the perspective of the source compared to your perspective of the information.
Compare worksheets with the people around you, make sure a variety of sources have been analyzed by the people in your group. Pay attention to trends such as which responses were more commonly seen in the sources.
Discuss your opinion with your group, and then answer the questions on your worksheet individually.