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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  • The Bill of Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court: In this lesson, students work in groups and individually to understand how the Constitution/Bill of Rights is a living document and how Supreme Court decisions protect the rights of all Americans.
  • Old Burke County Courthouse and Heritage Museum: Students can learn about the history of Burke County and the sessions of the NC Supreme Court held on this site in the mid-19th century when visiting the Old Burke County Courthouse.
  • State Library of North Carolina: Find information about the library and its many services and resources. Conduct genealogical research, investigate higher education institutions, find NC statistics, and more. Contains a digital project featuring African-American schools in the post-Civil War era.

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From the North Carolina Court System comes the Home Court Advantage website to help kids learn about who’s who in the courts and what the courts do by comparing the process and the players to a basketball game. Kids will learn about the “scorekeepers,” the “coaches,” and the “referees.”

“Courts are a very important part of all citizens’ lives. They help keep much needed order in society, and court officials make decisions that affect everyone. Kids are special people, and courts make decisions that affect them, too. Just like adults, kids need to know how courts work and why they exist. This web site was created to help explain the courts in a way kids can understand.”

There are also suggestions for setting up a visit to a court in your area.