K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

Learning materials

Our learning materials include text and multimedia on all areas of the curriculum. Students can use them independently or as part of an in-class lesson, and teachers can use them to supplement or replace a traditional textbook.

Hot topics and special collections

North Carolina History
thumbnail A “digital textbook” of primary sources, background readings, and multimedia.
World Cultures
thumbnailPhotographs and audio with historical and cultural context and related lesson plans.
Environmental Diversity Explorations
thumbnailVirtual field trips to North Carolina’s varied ecosystems.
Reading primary sources
thumbnailGuides to reading, analyzing, and learning from various kinds of historical sources.
Critical Languages
thumbnailDigital textbooks for Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.
thumbnailHistorical and present-day maps from North Carolina and around the world.
North Carolina Linguistics
thumbnailVideo documentaries about the state’s diverse languages and dialects.
Digital Literature
thumbnailA guide to finding and using free digital books in your classroom.


World War II on the home front: Rationing
During World War II, the United States asked citizens at home to cut back on food, fuel, shoes, and consumer goods and to turn in scrap metal, rubber, paper, and even used cooking grease for recycling. Photographs, posters, and artifacts tell the story.
Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills
Young boys working as doffers and sweepers in a textile mill in Hickory, N.C.
The photographs of Lewis Hine show the lives and work of children in North Carolina's textile mill villages in the first decades of the twentieth century.
World War I propaganda posters
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U.S. Government propaganda posters spelled out the reasons for American involvement in World War I and encouraged all Americans to help in the war effort.
Biltmore Estate
Photographs of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Antebellum homes and plantations
A tour of some of North Carolina's historic houses and farms — big and small, rich and poor — from before the Civil War.

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Digital content for your classroom

Highlights from our learning materials collection include digital textbooks to teach Chinese and Arabic, slideshows of contemporary life in Vietnam, virtual field trips to a variety of ecosystems around the state, and videos about the unique linguistic characteristics of North Carolina. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Browse using keywords above or select from our hot topics and special collections at left.

Best of the Web

Reviewed, annotated websites from our Best of the Web collection can now be found with our learning materials. You’ll find them by searching or browsing the collection by keyword.