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.

The following books, databases, and websites will help you justify including a work in your collection according to developmental needs and critical review.


  • Nilsen, A. P. (2001). Stages of literary appreciation. In K. L. Donelson, (Ed.), Literature for today’s young adults (pp. 33 – 42). New York: Longman. Although this is a book about literature for young adults, Nilsen’s chapter identifies stages of literary appreciation experienced by readers from birth through adulthood.
  • Havighurst, R. J. (1952). Developmental tasks and education. New York: Longman, Green. Havighurst provides a developmental task framework that describes tasks children must undertake at various ages.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP provides a Facts for Families series that describes normal stages of development and the needs of special populations. Browse the series by keyword to find the publication most relevant to the challenged work.


Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
The CLCD provides full text of reviews for children’s and young adult books. It requires a subscription. Many universities subscribe to this database.
Novelist K-8 Plus and Novelist Plus
While not as comprehensive as the CLCD, Novelist does provide the full text of some reviews. If you are in the public schools, you can access Novelist K-8 Plus via NCWiseOwl. Contact Dan Sparlin if you need the password for off-campus access. If you have a public library card, you can access Novelist Plus via NCLive.