Minitex staff and librarians who work with eLibraryMN, Ebooks Minnesota, Minnesota Digital Library, and Resource Sharing have come together to create Resource Packs for Minnesota schools. These packs are theme-based and support Minnesota K12 Academic standards. We plan to release one resource pack per month during the school year, and fully review all content in the summer to ensure that all resources are current and up to date. Our goal is to create a resource that teachers and librarians can take and use right away; please share any topic ideas that would be helpful.
Each pack will be in a libguide format that librarians and teachers can share with colleagues. Resources will be curated around the month’s theme, and will be broken into tabs for younger and older students. Packs can be accessed by unlimited users with no login, and all links will be formatted to ensure seamless access within Minnesota borders. Our inaugural pack is entitled ‘Indigenous Representations’.
There are many academic standards that require the inclusion of the perspectives of indigenous peoples, in particular the Dakota and Anishinaabe. Young learners can enjoy PebbleGo’s many articles on this topic, which can be found in the Indigenous Representations section of the platform. Check out their article on the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe People, or use the Critical Thinking Guide to Ojibwe/Ansishinaabe. If you want ebooks that the whole class can read together, check out the Ebooks Minnesota collection of Indigenous Representations for K-6, including such titles as Fry Bread, The Ojibwe, and We are the Water Protectors.
For all grade levels, the use of primary sources is a great way to engage students. Minnesota Digital Library staff have shared many primary source sets of photographs, interviews, and books that reflect the lived experiences of the people and communities that your students are studying.
For secondary students, resources in eLibraryMN from Britannica, Ebsco, and Gale databases are full of a rich array of information on the topic. Take a look at Ebsco’s Native Cultures topic collection, or dig into Gale’s North America before Colonization source. If you’d like to use ebooks or an ebook chapter as a classroom resource, titles such as Firekeeper’s Daughter or complete titles written in the Ojibwe Language are there for you to use.
These are only some of the resources available on the Indigenous Representations libguide and in ELM, Ebooks Minnesota, and Minnesota Digital Library. Let us know if you need assistance finding what you need, linking to resources, or even borrowing from other libraries to fill curriculum and research needs for your classroom.