The Newberry Library’s Digital Collections for the Classroom website features primary sources from the Newberry’s holdings, contextual essays, and discussion questions. Newberry Teacher Consortium collaborates with scholars, university faculty, and classroom teachers to develop the collections in this growing resource for classroom use. The collections are designed to be incorporated easily into classroom instruction and support the development of skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Each collection includes high-resolution digital images of documents ranging from maps, photographs, and cartoons to poems, speeches, and travel narratives, as well as contextual introductions, discussion questions, and bibliographic information. Users can search, view, and download individual items or entire collections. They can also build collections of their own using the “Create” feature.
For decades, animated children’s stories included negative stereotypes of indigenous people. Now three new cartoons are reaching children with realistic portrayals on the small screen—where they consume most of their media. In the United States and Latin America, Netflix is running the animated film Pachamama. The Cartoon Network series Victor and Valentino features two half brothers in a fictitious Mesoamerican village, exploring myths that come to life.
Just in time for National Constitution Day (September 17), the National Constitution Center has a new initiative for constitutional education and civil dialogue. Through the Center’s Classroom Exchanges program, teachers engage students in dialogue and deepen their constitutional knowledge.
The 1619 Project,inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.