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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Teacher Selected Primary Sources: Readings

The First Telescopes

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In the early 17th century, craftsmen and scientists introduced a new tool for studying the heavens. The telescope, one of the central instruments of the Scientific Revolution, soon became the astronomer's most essential tool. Now the astronomer could see countless stars and other faint objects never before visible. Suddenly the universe was no longer limited to what the naked eye could see. Read a history of the telescope here.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Member states of the United Nations pledged to promote respect for the human rights of all. To advance this goal, the UN established a Commission on Human Rights and charged it with the task of drafting a document spelling out the meaning of the fundamental rights and freedoms proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was the result and was adopted on 10 December 1948 by the 56 members of the United Nations.

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The Moon

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June 1841, from Robert Merry’s Museum Robert Merry’s Museum children’s magazine (1841-1872) featured works by nearly every 19th century children’s writer. It also excerpted works for adults. Pat Pflieger has indexed several works from the magazine online, and notes that “The Moon”, as a piece, “wanders from lyricism to science to speculation as it explores the effects of the moon on earth, and, evidently, on the human imagination”.

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WHO child growth standards and the identification of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children A Joint Statement Share Print

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The statement presents the recommended cut-offs, summarizes the rationale for their adoption and advocates for their harmonized application in the identification of 6 to 60 month old infants and children for the management of severe acute malnutrition. It reviews the implications on patient load, on discharge criteria and on programme planning and monitoring. It also recommends the increase of the MUAC cut-off for defining severe acute malnutrition in children 6 months to 5 years of age from 110 mm to 115 mm.

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Authors: United Nations Children's Fund, World Health Organization

Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789)

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The "Declaration of the Rights of Man" was approved by the National Assembly of France on August 26, 1789. It is a fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human rights. It is included in the preamble of the constitutions of both the Fourth French Republic (1946) and Fifth Republic (1958) and is still current. Read the text of the document here.

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American Civil Liberties Union. Jessica Gonzales v. U.S.A.

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In the first case brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the U.S. before an international human rights tribunal, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that the United States violated the human rights of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) and her children. Case Summary and downloadable court documents

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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

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The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a union that would become a new nation—the United States of America. Read a transcription of the document here.

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Magna Carta Translation

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Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter) is an Angevin charter originally issued in Latin in June 1215. The Magna Carta was the first document forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their rights. The charter is widely known throughout the English speaking world as an important part of the protracted historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond. Read a translation into English here.

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