Educational Resources for Students and Teachers
Learn More About John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

Click here to view student-created videos about John Brown

Western Maryland Historical Library (John Brown collection displayed on the website)
Website to accompany television series “Africans in America” produced by WGBH (Boston) and PBS; includes narrative, historical documents, interviews with scholars, and a teacher’s guide.
Lesson Plan titled “John Brown and the Underground Railroad,” for Grades 9-12, from National Geographic Xpeditions
Website to accompany “John Brown’s Holy War” from PBS’s American Experience.
Information on John Brown and the raid from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Lesson Plan for Grade 11 from Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; focus is partly on changing perceptions of John Brown over time
For 5th grade students, an exercise in which students re-enact the trial of John Brown.
Professional Development opportunity for teachers, “2009 Summer Institute for Teachers:  John Brown’s Raid: Invasion at Harpers Ferry,” to be held at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, June 21-26, 2009, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (with 2 evening sessions).  This is a Summer Institute for Teachers of Grades 4-12.  Application deadline is May 1, 2009
John Brown Lesson Plan Contest, sponsored by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park’s Classroom Lesson Plan of the Month Contest (accepting entries for April to October, 2009)
Lesson Plan for 6th Graders, “John Brown’s Passion to End Slavery Leading up To and Including the Raid at Harpers Ferry,”
For high school students, “John Brown on Trial:  An Exercise in Critical Thinking and Moral Philosophy”