K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

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.

I am the Curriculum Coordinator at Hanes Middle School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I have a BA in History Education from Clark Atlanta University (Go Panthers!) and a M. Ed in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University (Go Panthers!). I have taught U.S. and World History to students in grades 8 through 11 in Prince George’s County, Maryland and Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Winston-Salem in 2006.

Resources created by Kenyatta Bennett

Africa: Interpreting physical maps
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students look at a physical map of Africa and use it to speculate how the geography of a given region might affect human culture in that area.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Mary B. Taylor.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Career research and writing
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.2
In this lesson for grade seven, students will learn about a career that interests them and then share what they learned in peer groups. Students will then write a letter to the Better Business Bureau stating why they should be given an internship in their chosen career.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Michelle Kimel.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Anissia Jenkins, and Sonya Rexrode.
Career vocabulary
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade seven, students will become familiar with vocabulary related to careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
China's ancient engineers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.6
In this lesson for grade seven, students will learn about some of the inventions of ancient China, and will discuss the kinds of engineering skills required to produce them.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Meredith Ebert.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Customer service jobs: Building skills for the future
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students will research customer service jobs and determine what skills translate to good customer service. The lesson will conclude with a discussion of how these skills might apply in future careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Dear Juana: Editing a letter
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.3
In this lesson for grade seven, students will discuss the importance of proofreading and editing in various careers. The teacher will model proofreading and editing a sample letter, and then the students will write and peer-edit their own letters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Decisions, decisions: A career exploration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.10
In this lesson for grade seven, students complete personality profiles to explore career options, then conduct internet research to learn about specific careers. Students write evaluative essays about the careers they choose.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Economic planning in West Africa
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.3
In this lesson plan for grade seven, students will research the West African nation Mali and will work in groups to create proposals for improvement projects in Mali. Students will discuss careers that require creating proposals and giving presentations.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Mary B. Taylor.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Ecotourism in South Asia
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about ecotourism in Nepal and discuss its negative and positive aspects. Students conclude by making connections with tourism in the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Kenyatta Bennett.Adapted by Sonya Rexrode and Mary B. Taylor.
Employment applications and resumés
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.4
In this lesson for grade seven, students will discuss the parts of a job application and resumé. Students will complete an application and resumé for either a medical job or a construction job, and will compare and contrast the application materials needed for each of the two kinds of jobs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
India: A filmmaking capital
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.5
In this lesson for grade seven, students take on the role of film production crew members, planning the production of a trailer for a film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Meredith Ebert.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Job interviews: Focus on details
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.5
In this lesson for grade seven, students will develop questions and answers for hypothetical job interviews, and will perform job interview skits for the class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Anissia Jenkins.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Modern China: The dam debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about the Three Gorges Dam in China and the controversy surrounding its construction. Students will take on the roles of people whose lives may be affected by the dam, and will participate in a debate about it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and Second Languages)
By Susan N. Carter-Hope and James Philippart.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Meredith Ebert, and Sonya Rexrode.
Pacific islands: A profitable paradise
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students conduct research and make travel brochures for the Pacific Island targeted at specific audiences. Students discuss career possibilities related to making travel brochures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Guidance and Social Studies)
By Meredith Ebert.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Problem-solving careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students analyze information about various careers to determine how people in those occupations use problem-solving skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
TV careers: Reality vs. fantasy
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.6
In this lesson for grade seven, students discuss compare television portrayals of careers with reality.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
When will I ever use this in real life?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.8
In this lesson for grade seven, students research careers and determine how people with these occupations use English, math, and science skills.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
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