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Kathryn Walbert

Kathryn Walbert holds a Ph.D. in United States History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs LEARN NC’s efforts to develop instructor-led and self-guided materials for professional development in a range of topics in United States and North Carolina history. She has developed and taught online courses on “The Civil Rights Movement in Context” and “North Carolina American Indians.” She is also the author of several articles for LEARN NC, including a series on using oral history in the K-12 classroom and “Beyond Black History Month.”

A long-time associate of the Southern Oral History Program, Walbert has been using oral history in her own research and training others in the craft for over ten years. Her doctoral research focused on Southern women, both black and white, who became teachers after the Civil War, and the role of teaching in shaping their identities. From 2001 to 2003, she was an academic skills instructor at Duke University. She now serves as a consultant on U.S. history, oral history, and academic skills to LEARN NC and other organizations.

Resources created by Kathryn Walbert

Museum exhibit design
In Alternative discussion formats, page 6
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 4.6
Designing museum exhibits encourages students to think creatively and to use a wide range of thinking skills.
Format: activity
By Kathryn Walbert.
The North Carolina mountains in the early 1900s through the writing and photography of Horace Kephart
Students will develop an understanding of daily life and culture in the mountains of North Carolina during the early 20th century through photographs and written sources; practice visual literacy skills and gain experience analyzing visual and written sources of historical information; and learn to revise their early analyses of historical sources and to synthesize the information found in different kinds of primary documents by planning a museum exhibit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Oral history and student learning
In Oral history in the classroom, page 2
Oral history enriches historical knowledge; enhances research, writing, thinking, and interpersonal skills; gives students a connection to the community; and helps all students feel included.
By Kathryn Walbert.
Oral history links and resources
In Oral history in the classroom, page 6
Guides, tips, lesson plans, and examples of student projects on the web.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
A public relations campaign
In Alternative discussion formats, page 4
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 4.4
By creating a PR campaign for a historial or literary figure, students can practice a wide range of thinking skills.
Format: activity
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Advertisements
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.6
A learner's guide to reading and understanding advertisements in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Editorial and opinion pieces
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.3
A learner's guide to identifying, reading, and understanding editorial and opinion pieces in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Factual reporting
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.5
This learner's guide introduces students to the use of historical newspapers as primary sources and provides key questions for reading them.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Reader contributions
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.4
A learner's guide to reading letters to the editor and other reader contributions in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading primary sources: An introduction for students
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.1
A step-by-step guide for students examining primary sources, with specific questions divided into five layers of questioning.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
The talk show
In Alternative discussion formats, page 2
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 4.2
The talk show is a format with which students are already familiar, and it provides the structure for a great discussion.
Format: activity
By Kathryn Walbert.
Teaching about slavery through newspaper advertisements
In this lesson for grades 8 and 11, students will analyze a selection of advertisements related to slavery from an 1837 newspaper in order to enhance their understanding of antebellum North Carolina, U.S. history, and the history of American slavery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Teaching about Thanksgiving
Resources and activities to help you bring historical accuracy, cultural sensitivity, and a broader context to discussions about the quintessentially American holiday.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
Ten questions for planning an oral history project
In Oral history in the classroom, page 4
Plan ahead to avoid frustration and to ensure that your students get as much as possible out of an oral history project.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
The value of oral history
In Oral history in the classroom, page 1
Why use oral history with your students? Oral history has benefits that no other historical source provides.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow
This white-throated sparrow is perched on a small branch of a tree.
Format: image/photograph
White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow
This white-throated sparrow is perched on a small branch of a tree. The white and yellow feathers on the side of its head, as well as its white throat and belly, are visible.
Format: image/photograph
Work and protest, 1920–1934
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.3
In response to declining demand in the 1920s, textile mill owners cut wages and demanded longer hours from their workers. Labor unrest increased, and there were widespread strikes from 1929 to 1934.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.
Work in a textile mill
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.1
Article describes the various kinds of work in a textile mill, the experiences of millhands in and out of the mills, and what various workers earned.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.
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