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.

North Carolina maps

historic map of North Carolina

North Carolina maps

By Jennifer Job

Provided by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

The lessons in this guide provide educators with an engaging way to teach about North Carolina history using digitized historic maps from the North Carolina Maps collection. North Carolina Maps is a comprehensive online collection of historic maps from across the state. It is comprised of more than 3,000 maps and includes maps created between the late 1500s and 2000.

This lessons in this guide are divided by developmental appropriateness in the following categories: elementary (grades K-5), middle (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). These lessons are designed to help students develop and refine map-reading skills, use historical thinking to analyze maps for point of view, and think critically about how these maps relate to broader historical concepts and movements. The short essay Why Use Historic Maps in the Classroom? goes into greater depth about how and why to introduce K-12 students to historic maps.

The article Using North Carolina Maps in the Classroom provides educators with an introduction to the many features and uses of the North Carolina Maps collection. You can use the presentation An Introduction to North Carolina Maps with students to give them a history of the mapping of North Carolina. This presentation highlights significant milestones through the use of selected maps from the collection. Finally, the article Finding Great Maps Online provides tips and resources for finding additional maps for you to use in the classroom.

Get started: Table of Contents