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.

Emily Jack

Managing editor

Emily Jack joined LEARN NC in June 2007 as Special Collections Librarian and moved into an editorial role in January 2008. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in environmental studies from Oberlin College. As Managing Editor, Emily prepares lesson plans, articles, and other content for web publication and helps to manage LEARN NC’s collection of educational materials.

Emily’s interests include riding her bike, playing pinball, and starting plants from avocado pits. She also enjoys traveling, and has been to every U.S. state except Colorado. Since moving to North Carolina in 2005, most of her travels have been in-state, including two trips to the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner.

Resources created by Emily Jack

18th-century tailor
18th-century tailor
At a demonstration of eighteenth-century life at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a tailor — a maker of men's clothing — sits on a bench, sewing. A tailor would use a paper measuring tape to measure a man, and then adjust his clothing patterns to fit...
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Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
Bald rock at Black Mountain ridge summit
A spot of bald rock at the top of a ridge in the Black Mountains. This photo was taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina.
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Big Tom plaque
Big Tom plaque
This plaque in honor of Thomas David ("Big Tom") Wilson is set into the rock at the summit of Big Tom, a mountain in the Black Mountain range named after Wilson. The plaque reads: Big Tom Altitude 6580 feet Named after Thomas David ("Big Tom")...
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Black Mountain view
Black Mountain view
Photo of the Black Mountains, a sub-range of the Appalachians, taken from the summit of a ridge line in Mount Mitchell State Park, N.C.
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Blacksmith cooling metal
Blacksmith cooling metal
After using a hammer to shape a piece of hot metal, a blacksmith cools the newly-made item in a pot of water. This photograph was taken at a demonstration of eighteenth-century life at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina.
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Blacksmith heating metal
Blacksmith heating metal
Two blacksmiths stand before a forge at an eighteenth-century living history event at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina. The man on the left rests his arms on the lever of a large bellows. The blacksmith on the right heats iron rods in the fire to make them soft...
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Blacksmith shaping hot metal
Blacksmith shaping hot metal
A blacksmith uses tongs to hold a hot iron rod with his right hand. With his left, he swings a hammer, shaping the metal. After being heated in the fire, the red-hot iron is soft enough to be easily bent and manipulated. This photograph was taken at an eighteenth-century...
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Blacksmith's bellows
Blacksmith's bellows
At an eighteenth-century living history event at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a blacksmith pulls a wooden lever to operate a large bellows. Blacksmiths needed very hot fires to make their iron soft and pliable. A bellows was used to add air to a fire, making...
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Coastal erosion and the ban on hard structures
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.3
North Carolina’s sandy coast is one of the state’s greatest tourist attractions, and also one of its frequent sources of controversy. The 301 miles of coastline in the east have been the site of an ongoing struggle between stable structures created by humans and the dynamic forces of nature, between property rights and thousands of years of geology. A 1985 rule designed to preserve the beaches in their natural state enjoys the support of coastal scientists but threatens the investments of home-owners and developers.
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By Emily Jack.
Conestoga wagon, rear view
Conestoga wagon, rear view
An original 18th-century Conestoga wagon, as seen from the rear. This wagon was brought from Pennsylvania to Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, for a demonstration of life during the French and Indian War. Conestoga wagons were drawn by horses and used to move freight...
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Conestoga wagon, side view
Conestoga wagon, side view
This 18th-century Conestoga wagon was brought from Pennsylvania to Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, for a demonstration of life during the French and Indian War. Conestoga wagons were drawn by horses and used to move freight in the eighteenth and early nineteenth...
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Diseases: A brief guide to causes, symptoms, history, and treatment
Since the beginning of human existence on the planet, diseases have played a significant role in the events of every era. This brief listing of some of the most notorious diseases explains their causes, symptoms, history, prevention, and treatment, and provides links to further information.
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By Emily Jack.
Drought and development
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.8
Newspaper article about debates over limits on development in the wake of North Carolina's 2007-08 drought. Includes background about related environmental issues.
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Commentary and sidebar notes by Emily Jack.
Fraser firs at Mount Mitchell State Park
Fraser firs at Mount Mitchell State Park
Photo of Fraser firs in the Black Mountains, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina. The mountain range gets its name from the dark color of the Fraser firs, which once covered the upper slopes of the mountains, causing them to appear black from...
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French and Indian War Cherokee
French and Indian War Cherokee
At a French and Indian War re-enactment at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, three men portraying Cherokee warriors have a discussion in the woods with a man portraying a provincial soldier.
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French and Indian War Cherokee camp
French and Indian War Cherokee camp
At a French and Indian War re-enactment at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a replica of a Cherokee camp sits in the woods. The camp is stocked with common eighteenth-century Cherokee items, including animal skins, woven bags, blankets, and a gourd.
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French and Indian War provincial camp
French and Indian War provincial camp
At a living history event at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a re-enactor portrays a provincial soldier on the North Carolina frontier during the French and Indian War. He sits in his tent at a replica of a provincial soldier's camp, with his musket, personal...
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French and Indian War swivel gun
French and Indian War swivel gun
At a French and Indian War re-enactment at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a military officer stands behind a swivel gun. A swivel gun was a small cannon mounted on a pivoting device. The mobility of the gun allowed the soldier manning it to fire at targets in...
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Merchants Millpond State Park
Merchants Millpond State Park
Lassiter Swamp at Merchant's Millpond State Park, in the northeastern corner of North Carolina. One of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities, Merchants Millpond State Park is a unique mingling of coastal pond and southern swamp forest. A variety of...
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Mount Mitchell ridge line
Mount Mitchell ridge line
This photograph, taken at Mount Mitchell State Park, N.C., shows the peaks in the Black Mountain range north of Mount Mitchell. The Black Mountains are the highest range east of the Mississippi River, with Mount Mitchell claiming the title of the highest peak...
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