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Mini Page Archive Provides Black History Month Education Opportunities

Online archive of children’s newspaper feature offers teachers new perspectives for Black History Month.

Teachers looking for ways to engage their students during Black History Month have a new way to use an old favorite classroom resource: The Mini Page.

LEARN NC, an outreach program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, has published three new lesson plans for Black History Month: two about black cowboys and one about Buffalo Soldiers, members of African-American regiments raised to fight alongside the Union Army during the Civil War.

“The Mini Page is a versatile tool for all K-12 teachers and students,” said Summer Pennell, a UNC-CH School of Education doctoral student and creator of LEARN NC’s Mini Page Archive lesson plans. “Students enjoy using the Mini Page, and this archive gives teachers a convenient way to teach about topics that are in the news today. It is valuable for teachers looking for creative and fun ways to teach a variety of topics.”

The Mini Page Archive, available through the UNC-CH libraries at http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/minipage/, digitally preserves the weekly newspaper feature targeted mainly at children, their parents, and educators. The archive includes issues published from 1969 to 2007.

All LEARN NC Mini Page lessons are available at http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7813.  

LEARN NC, an outreach program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, serves more than 30,000 teachers and students daily, delivering continually updated lesson plans, best practices and classroom content to schools in 50 states, 145 countries, and all 115 North Carolina school systems via www.learnnc.org.