Brown v. Board of Education

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This webpage was created in order to provide resources for teachers and students in the teaching of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision. The links include primary resources, background information, activity booklet, and a myriad of classroom activities that will precipitate understanding and significance of the decision to desegregate the schools.

Some questions for students to ponder may include:

  • What was it like before the Brown decision?
  • Why were the schools segregated?
  • What do you mean by "separate but equal?"
  • Was it equal?
  • Why were people protesting integration?

Brown v. Board: An Interactive Experience
Good background summary.
Grades: 5-8

From Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education: The Supreme Court Rules on Desegregation

In Pursuit of Freedom & Equality: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Student activity booklet and background information.
Grades: 2-5

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Brown v. Board of Education

Resources for Instructors Concerning Class Discussions on Affirmative Action

School Desegregation and Prejudice in the United States

Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education, A Teacher's Resource Guide to Preparing Curriculum Materials

Teaching Brown: Reflections on Pedagogical Challenges and Opportunities

Teaching with Documents Lesson Plan: Documents Related to Brown v. Board of Education
Copies of the original documents. Teaching activities. Document analysis worksheet. Timeline.
Grades: 9-12 or academically talented middle school students.

The Brown Decision: Fact or Myth in Connecticut

Thinkquest: Brown v. Board of Education
Web site on Brown v Board of Education developed by middle school students.
Grades: 5-8

Brown v. Board of Education at Questia
List of resources.
Grades: 6-12 and teachers wanting more background information

Horizons of Opportunities: Celebrating 50 Years of Brown v. Board of Education, May 17, 1954 - 2004
Classroom activities
Grades: All

The New York Times Learning Network
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Grades: Teachers

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Vauhn Wittman-Grahler, The Evergreen State College