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Brown v. Board of Education
A Fight for Simple Justice
by Susan Goldman Rubin

Trade Binding | 144 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 18.95
ISBN: 9780823436460 | 08-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SEVENTH | Age: 10 up

Themes: Fairness, Justice & Equality, African American Interest, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, School, Human & Civil Rights, 20th Century
Recommendations: A*, K*, SLJ*, H

CCSS Codes:
SL.9-10.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
WHST.9-10.1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
L.9-10.3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RI.9-10.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

About the Book

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin chronicles the fascinating story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision.

In 1954, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth Century aimed to end school segregation in the United States. Although known as Brown v. Board of Education, the ruling applied not just to the case of Linda Carol Brown, an African American third grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas, school, but to cases involving children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, DC. Here is the story of the many people who stood up to racial inequality, some risking significant danger and hardship, and of careful strategizing by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Timeline, source notes and index are included.


A 2017 Notable Children's Book

★"An engaging and thorough take on an important topic, this is a first purchase for middle school U.S. history collections."—School Library Journal, starred review

★"The book’s page design and the many well-chosen archival photos make the story more readable, and the appended time line and documents will be useful to student researchers. Highly recommended.Booklist, starred review

★"A rich, compelling story."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is the importance of education? How does an education shape an individual? Why should education be available to all? RI.9-12.1, 2/W.9-12.7, 8, 9

2. What impact did Thurgood Marshall have on desegregation throughout his life and career? RI.9-12.1, 2, 3

3. In 1955 Thurgood Marshal said, "Unless our children learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together." Write a letter to Thurgood Marshall explaining your opinion on how things have changed and remained the same. W.9-12.9

4. In the 1990s a Civil Rights Project from Harvard University stated, "There are clear signs that progress is coming undone and that the nation is headed backwards towards greater segregation of black students." How does the author use primary sources and evidence to support this? Create a presentation. RI.9-12.1, 3, 5/SL.9-12.1, 4

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