Minnesota Digital Curriculum Catalog

The Minnesota Digital Curriculum Referral Catalog (MDCRC), is a searchable index of digital OER for instructional purposes that are freely available and have the potential for alignment to Minnesota Academic Standards. MN teachers, staff, and subject matters members may contribute and rate the digital content. As the collection grows subject matter experts and peer review teams will use OER Commons tools and processes to assess the quality and alignment to standards of the digital content submitted to the catalog.
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Primary Source Exemplars: K-5

Grade 4 ELA Module 2A

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Students learn about what life was like in Colonial America. They go on to study the many roles people played in a colonial settlement and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. Students select one role to explore more deeply through various forms of nonfiction texts. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, basic research (note-taking and pulling together information from a variety of texts), this module will foster students’ abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources and integrate research into their writing. At the end of the module, students participate in several critique experiences during the revision process as they write a research-based narrative that vividly describes an event in a colonist’s life.

Material Type: Module

Primary Source Exemplar: Life on the Move

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In this unit, students will explore the different forms of transportation over time—from the New World and early America, to present day—and their impact on society and the environment (Change and Continuity). They will explore the impact of the different forms of transportation on economics, migration, and geography (where people live and how they adapt their environment to their transportation need), as well as how to become critical readers by gathering information from a variety of primary and secondary sources to understand the impact of transportation on history.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Primary Source, Unit of Study

Authors: brent sackris, Mitzie Higa, Connie Williams, Rachel Hull, Kitty Rutherford

Primary Source Exemplar: Progress, Conflict, and Outcomes

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This unit is centered around an anchor text that may be common among content area teachers in a high school setting. Although this unit may be incorporated into any high-school English class, it is aligned with Common Core standards for 9-10. This unit will primarily focus on informational and argumentative texts, and can be used to incorporate more informational texts (as directed by the Common Core) into English classrooms at the high school level. This unit is best suited to a collaborative model of development in which ELA and content area teachers share an anchor text (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and communicate about how to connect diverse skills to common texts and essential questions.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Erik Iwersen

Primary Source Exemplar Template

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This is a blank template which provides users with the basic formatting to begin building Primary Source based lessons and units. Open this resource and choose "Remix this resource" to begin. Examples of completed exemplars have been added within the Table of Contents, under "Resource Sets"

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Admin, Odell Education

Primary Source Exemplar: The Moon

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Through a study of the moon, students will be guided through an inquiry process using primary sources to learn how we shape our understanding of the past (history). They will also learn how new discoveries and observations change our perceptions over time, as each succeeding generation creates knowledge and adds new technology. Students will then pose their own questions to wonder how future discoveries or new technology might change our understanding of the world and our universe.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: brent sackris, Mitzie Higa, Connie Williams, Rachel Hull, Kitty Rutherford