North Carolina History Digital Textbook Project

A survivor's story: How does it really feel?

By Kristin Post

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.

A survivor's story: How does it really feel?

By Kristin Post

Provided by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

In this lesson plan, students will look at photographs of women and discuss their first impressions. After listening to an excerpt from an oral history, students will gain empathy for a flood survivor of 1999’s Hurricane Floyd. They will contrast their first impressions of the photographs with what they learned in the oral history. Students will write a personal reflection that demonstrates their understanding of how emotional experiences might contradict outward appearances. The lesson plan is accompanied by teacher’s guides to the oral histories, complete with talking points and questions for discussion, as well as the oral history recordings and transcripts for the students.“