The Ultimate Resources For Learning About The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing

Oklahoma bombing memorial
“Oklahoma bombing memorial-4” by Daniel Mayer – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Chances are, if you lived in Oklahoma on April 19, 1995, you remember exactly where you were when you felt, heard, or learned about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. Share the information with your middle and high school students so they can learn how Oklahomans came together to care for one another amid the devastation.

Articles

Reports

The Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management After Action Report

Videos

Interactive

Field Trip

Click here to schedule a visit for your school to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Lesson Ideas

  • Oklahoma City bombing lesson plans for high school
  • We the people: Our civic responsibility
  • Watch the A Noble Lie and Terror from Within documentaries above and evaluate the claims made in each
  • Write informative essays detailing the events of April 19, 1995
  • Ask students to interview members of their family who remember the bombing. Write their stories in narrative essay format.
  • Create a presentation/video showing what the Murrah building was used for and how it looked before and after the bombing. This could be done in three phrases: Before the bombing, right after the bombing, the present day
  • Ask students to retell the story of what happened on April 19, 1995 from the perspective of one of the service providers: Doctors, nurses, police officers, firemen, etc. (*show them the special report video first)

If you have any additional ideas or resources, please provide them in the comments below. Thank you!

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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