Posted by: Kirsten | Friday, 26 October 2007

Brown v. Board of Education — Lesson Plans

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas has a website like all other National Park Service units, but this one has one of the most comprehensive sets of teaching materials for grades K through 12.  Well, what would you expect from a park that’s dedicated to teach us about the history of public education in America?  But “Why should a homeschooling family care about the history of public schools?” you might ask…  Well, it’s also (and I’d say PRIMARILY) about the continuing struggle for equal rights and justice, and our evolving democratic process. Send the park’s Education Department an e-mail message using the various links below and request a DVD, a teacher’s guide, a CD-Rom, or whatever’s appropriate for your little learners.

 — Jon

From the NPS website…


Fair is Fair teacher's guide cover

Grades K-3
Fair is Fair

The Fair is Fair DVD and teacher’s guide (PDF, 1.87MB) is produced in cooperation by the National Park Service and the Brown Foundation to provide teachers of students in grades K-3 resources for teaching concepts of justice, democracy and social awareness. The DVD provides information about the National Park Service and specifically about Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas as well as introduces learners to the concepts of fairness in public education. The teacher’s guide provides lesson plans, additional resources and suggested learning activities to complement the information introduced in the video.

Rather than try to explain abstract concepts of historical events surrounding the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court case, the Fair is Fair packet is intended to present skills and processes in alignment with the Kansas state benchmarks for Social Studies through music, games, physical activities and discussion. Appropriate skill levels and benchmarks will be detailed for each grade level.

To request a copy of the Fair is Fair DVD and teacher’s guide, please send an e-mail to the Education Department.


Grades 5-12
“Teaching with Historic Places”

The National Park Service has developed “Teaching with Historic Places” lesson plans to be used with the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site for grades 5-12.  These lesson plans can be found at the following website:   

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/121brown/index.htm


Web Quest

Grades 7-8
EDUCATION AND JUSTICE: A Struggle for Equality in the Public Schools

The National Park Service and the Advanced Learning Technologies project at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning have developed a Web Quest titled EDUCATION AND JUSTICE: A Struggle for Equality in the Public Schools. This Web Quest project is an on-site, inquiry-based activity for 7th and 8th graders. School groups of 24-30 students will breakup into teams of three to complete a designated task from a CD-ROM provided by the National Park Service. By using information found on the Internet, the park resource center and in the museum galleries, the student teams will produce a PowerPoint presentation to report their findings to the whole class. The entire activity and museum tour will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.

To request a copy of the Web Quest CD-ROM, please send an e-mail to the park’s Education Department.


Brown curriculum kit

Grades 8-12
Brown

The Brown Foundation and the National Park Service worked closely to produce this curriculum to provide teachers the resources needed to teach concepts of fairness and social democracy.The Brown curriculum kit includes two videos: Reading, Writing and Resistance and Dialog; a CD-ROM entitled Brown v. Board of Education: Struggle for Equality; and a teacher’s guide. The CD-ROM uses narration, historical photos, and poses thought-provoking questions. It is intended to aid in understanding the Brown decision in both a historical and contemporary context.

To request a copy of the Brown CD-ROM and teacher’s guide, please send an e-mail to the park’s Education Department.

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Responses

  1. Hi I’m not sure if anyone reading here can help you with your travel plans but good luck and have fun!

    — Jon

  2. I’m the education specialist at Brown v. Board of Education NHS. I was really surprised to see our curriculum posted up on your page! I was searching for something else and your site popped up. We do encourage homeschoolers to visit the museum and make use of our teacher’s materials. I would be happy to work with folks from the homeschool community in getting our message out.
    Thanks
    Linda Rosenblum


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