Our educators and archivist have painstakingly complied letters, speeches, photographs, journal entries and unique ephemera from the Brooklyn Collection to create primary source packets that cover everything from Coney Island to the Brooklyn Bridge! Don't see the Brooklyn history topic you're looking for? Ask our educators for a link to download a PDF of any of the packets listed.

Primary Source Packets

Brooklyn Connections has developed several social studies curriculum packets full of primary source documents from the Brooklyn Collection. The sources and corresponding guiding questions can help students gain brand new perspectives about Brooklyn's historical people, places and events. 

Society & Culture

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Community Organizing in Brooklyn | Child Welfare | Civil Rights | Civil War | Draft Riots | Eminent Domain | Environmentalism | German Immigration | Great Depression | Housing | Transportation | Immigration | Italian Immigration | LGBT Rights | Revolutionary War | Slavery and Abolition | Women during the Civil War | Women's Rights


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Coney Island | Bed-Stuy | Borough Park | Brooklyn Heights | Brownsville | Bushwick | Canarsie | Crown Heights Cypress Hills | Dyker Heights | East Flatbush | East New York | Gowanus | Greenpoint | Park Slope |  Sheepshead Bay | Sunset Park | Weeksville | Williamsburg

Places & Landmarks

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Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn Bridge | Brooklyn Navy Yard | Coney Island Amusement Parks | Dreamland Park | Ebbets Field | Green-Wood Cemetery | Luna Park | New York Aquarium | Newtown Creek | Plymouth Church | Prospect Park | Steeplechase Park | The Roeblings and their Bridge |  Verrazano Bridge

ADDITIONAL PACKETS AVAILABLE INCLUDE: Architecture in Brooklyn | Drummer Boys | Garment Industry | Independent Research | Irish of Vinegar Hill | Jackie Robinson & The Brooklyn Dodgers | Lenape Native Americans | Oyster Industry | School History: Boys and Girls High School | School History: Brooklyn Democracy Academy | School History: PS 131 | School History: PS 284 | Sugar Industry | Ridgewood Reservoir | U.S.S. Monitor

Skills Based Lesson Plans

Brooklyn Connections supports teachers as they develop and implement skill-based instruction. Download resources that can draw out specific learning skills from your pupils. Our free lesson plans are written by teachers for teachers and can be adapted for elementary, middle and high school students. Use them as they are or modify them to create your own.

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Cornell Note Method | Note Card Lesson Plan| Essay Structure

Claim and counter claim

Claim & Counterclaim |  Conducting an Interview | Thick and Thin Questions  | Developing an Argument | Crafting a Strong Thesis Statement |

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Crafting a Research Question | Crafting a Strong Thesis Statement | Introduction to Research | Steps to Effective Research


Sources Citations

Annotated Bibliography | Citing & Plagiarism

Map and atlas

Atlas Reading |  Observations and Inferences

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