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

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Federal recognition for Lumbee Indians
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.9
Introduction North Carolina recognizes the Lumbee Indian Tribe; however, Federal recognition has not been given. Why? What are the criteria for recognition? What are the reasons for and against Lumbee recognition? This lesson uses a teacher-made debate...
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Linda Tabor.
Feed a fighter
In this lesson students will examine “Additional Helps for the 4-H Mobilization for Victory Program,” a Cooperative Extension Work document from the Green 'N' Growing collection at Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries. The document will help students understand the efforts civilians underwent to support military efforts in World War II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Lisa Stamey.
"A female raid" in 1863: Using newspaper coverage to learn about North Carolina's Civil War homefront
In this lesson plan, students will use original newspaper coverage to learn about a raid on local stores by Confederate soldier's wives in March 1863 in Salisbury, North Carolina, and use that historical moment to explore conscription, life on the homefront, economic issues facing North Carolina merchants, the challenges of wartime politics, and the role of newspaper editors in shaping public opinion.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Fire retardation and fabrics
In On track learning: Safety through technology and design, page 6
In this lesson, students will determine the fire retardation level of several fabrics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–10 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By Roxanne Moses.
Focus activity using RAFT
Better writing requires consideration of RAFT: role, audience, format, and topic.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Kathleen Bost and Leigh Ann Webb.
Focus in writing
This brief lesson will help students recognize when a paragraph loses focus and will help them understand the concept of focus.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Peter Bobbe.
Fugitive Slave Law simulation
Students face the critical issue of the Fugitive Slave Law that gave Southerners the right to regain their runaway slaves and return them to bondage. It is also considered by many to have contributed to growing sectionalism in the U.S. and eventually the Civil War. In order to take on the roles of historical actors, students will examine primary source documents from the Documenting the American South collection and critique arguments in favor and opposed to the law.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Futuristic airplane and the blind landing
A lesson plan, divided into two exercises, that teaches students techniques for communicating and observing both detail and directions using written, oral, and visual sources.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts)
By Elaine Cox.
g: A pendulum
Students will time the periods of pendulums to determine if length or mass affects them. Students can then use a pendulum to calculate the acceleration of gravity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Bill Sowell.
George Washington and Frederick Douglass letters: Recognizing point of view and bias
In Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide, page 4
This lesson uses two letters written by famous individuals. Frederick Douglass, a well-known former slave who became a leader of the American abolition movement, escaped from slavery in Maryland to freedom in New York in 1838. George Washington was a large slaveholder in Virginia (as well as the first president of the United States).
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Karen Cobb Carroll, Ph.D., NBCT.
The germination of a tree
In this lesson students will attempt to germinate tree seeds and observe the interior of a seed under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
Ghosts and sea monsters: Analyzing mythology
In North Carolina maps, page 3.1
This lesson is meant to accompany a ninth or tenth grade unit covering myths and legends. In this lesson, students analyze sea creatures found in 16th and 17th century maps in terms of culture and context. They then search for stories relating to North Carolina legends, ending by writing a story of their own.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Job.
Grammar Scramblers, spreadsheets, and parts of speech
Students use and create Grammar Scramblers with a spreadsheet in order to practice identifying and using parts of speech in a fun way.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–9 English Language Arts)
By Tom Munk.
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
This unit is designed to appeal to adolescents with its non-print text base, the movie Groundhog Day. The pre-viewing activities prepare students for the allusions in the movie and include cultural literacy. The teacher can pick and choose from the activities to apply the concept of personal growth. The teacher may select from activities for science, workplace ethics, music, computer competency, and English language arts. The teacher may modify any of the attachments to suit the students' needs and interests.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By David Melton and Julia Millush.
The hero connection: From Beowulf to Batman
After reading Beowulf,students will identify Beowulf's heroic traits, generalize from these traits a list of typical traits for heroes, and then use these traits to compare Beowulf with contemporary heroes. As a culminating activity, students will define their concept of hero and then create a booklet of personal heroes from various areas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts)
By Hilda Caldwell.
Highlighting revisions, glossing changes
By highlighting their revisions and explaining (i.e.,glossing) the changes they have made to a draft of their work, students will not only become more proficient writers but will also become more conscious of the process of revision and thus more reflective writers. Further, teachers will find it easier to monitor and evaluate student revisions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Peter Bobbe.
"I Declare, I believe this document May Flower!"
The learner will apply ideas of self-government as expressed in America's founding documents. To be used with/for SLD and other exceptional students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts)
By Gary Peterson.
Identifying RAFT elements in writing prompts and assignments
Student will read writing prompts and practice identifying RAFT elements: role of writer, audience, writing format, and topic. This is the first lesson in a series of three based upon LEARN NC's 9th grade writing exemplars.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 English Language Arts)
By Kim Bowen.
Improving student essay writing
English II teachers are constantly searching for strategies to improve students' analytical responses to literature. This lesson is designed for all types of learners, offering various activities for all learning styles. Individual, small group, and whole class activities on essay writing culminate with the student writing his or her own formal response to literature.

This generic writing activity may be used with any literary unit and at any point in your students' development of the writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Shawn Parker.
India's path to independence
This interdisciplinary plan includes the study of the effects of imperialism and India's struggle for independence through history texts, literary works, and online resources. Activities include a seminar, research, and a news broadcast. Although this unit is designed for integrated English II and World Civilizations, lessons can be adapted to other class structures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Marian Johnson.