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.

students in action

Students work on a history project (Photograph by Kathleen Casson. More about the photograph)

Essential Standards


Critical Understandings: using historical thinking, expansion and decline of civilizations, modern societies, global interactions, North Carolina history, US history

Geography and Environmental Literacy

Critical Understandings: geographic factors that influence the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations; applying the tools of a geographer; geographic factors that shape modern societies and regions; geography of North Carolina and the US

Economics and Financial Literacy

Critical Understandings: economic activities of civilizations and modern societies, economic activities of North Carolina and the United States

Civics and Governance

Critical Understandings: development of government in various civilizations and modern societies and regions, NC government, US government, the role of the citizen in societal change


Critical understandings: behaviors and practices of individuals and groups that influence civilizations, the influence of cultural values on relationships between individuals, how different cultures influenced North Carolina and the US