Change in the mountains
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about changes that have occurred in the mountain region of North Carolina over the last century. The lessons will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the effects technological innovation had on community development in mountain communities.
The following resources and lesson plans have been provided by the University of North Carolina Libraries. To learn more about this topic, read the Change in the Mountains story from UNC Libraries.
- Where have we been? Tracing family through a timeline of national history
- Grades 4-5 Social Studies
- In this lesson, students are introduced to examples of how wars and technological developments have impacted the movement of people throughout United States and world history. Using a timeline, students will begin to connect historical events with the people they impacted. They will then investigate where their families fit into history in both time and place.
- Changing communities: Past vs. future
- Grade 8 Social Studies
- In this lesson, students will learn about the geographical, political, and technological issues that have influenced change in mountain communities using oral histories by Madison County residents. They will learn about the history of road building in the North Carolina mountains and the relatively recent decision to connect two halves of interstate highway in Madison County. They will compare and contrast the negative and positive changes that road construction has brought to the region, and listen to oral histories of locals who have experienced both good and bad effects.
- Interstate highways from the ground up by Kristin Post
- Grades 9-12 Social Studies
- This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer. Through his oral history, students will learn about “the largest single construction project in the history of the NCDOT.” That project is also known as the I-26 corridor in Madison County, North Carolina. This lesson encourages students to think about the enormous impact of highways in our personal lives, and on North Carolina’s economy, while recognizing how we take highways for granted.