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Why inquiry?
The rationale for using discovery learning methods in teaching science.
North Carolina maps
A collection of lesson plans for grades K-12 centered on historic maps of North Carolina
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Tobacco bag stringing: Educator's guide
Elementary lesson plans Elementary lesson plans based upon Tobacco Bag Stringing: Life and Labor in the Depression will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was, study primary source documents and visuals,...
Format: lesson plan
Primary source letters lesson plan
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 1
This is one of a series of activities that will help educators use the Tobacco Bag Stringing project materials in their classrooms. Throughout the series students will learn about tobacco stringing, study primary source...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course

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Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.

See also Dimensions of Learning model.

Additional information

The North Carolina Thinking Skills are based on Marzano’s Dimensions of Learning model (focusing, information gathering, remembering, organizing, analyzing, generating, integrating, evaluating) The first three categories (focusing, information gathering, remembering) are reduced to a category called knowledge, and Bloom’s category applying is inserted. They inserted the category called applying from the Bloom model, a level that Marzano had dropped.

See this chart for a Dimensions of Thinking Model.

Examples and resources