Resources for Educators

Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project

About the Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project
The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project (FPRDNP) is a collaborative project between the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the library system at the University of Puerto Rico– Rio Piedras, as part of the state and territory’s involvement in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, is a long-term effort to provide permanent, free access to historic newspapers published in the United States and its territories between 1690 and 1963.
The completed project will provide free, internet-based access to newspapers that are on aging microfilm. The digitized papers are available through the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America, the University of Florida Libraries’ Florida Digital Newspaper Library, and the Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña at the University of Puerto Rico.

Lesson Plans for 3rd-12th grade

Interested in incorporating primary resources in your classroom? The UF College of Education developed
lesson plans that incorporate newspapers digitized for the Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project (FPRDNP). These lesson plans were created following Florida curriculum standards for K-12 and are freely accessible online.

Each lesson plan includes a PowerPoint presentation, student materials/resources, teacher keys/examples, and a video recording which provides a brief overview of how the lesson is structured.

Lesson plans are accessible from the FPRDNP blog:

Women & the American Story

Women & the American Story (WAMS) is a free, online curriculum guide from the New-York Historical Society designed to connect K-12 educators across the country with classroom resources that illuminate the contributions of diverse women to the American past.

This curriculum brings together primary resources, brief biographies, background information, and classroom application tools and activities, so that you can seamlessly integrate new resources into existing social studies lessons on various topics and themes, or create additional lessons focused on the unique experiences of women at various points in the nation’s history. The full curriculum will consist of ten units that track with the U.S. history survey. Two new units will launch each year until 2022. Explore the first two units, Early Encounters, 1492-1734 and Modernizing America, 1889-1920 now!