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.

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Blackbeard: The most feared pirate of the Atlantic
Students will acquire information about Blackbeard and apply their knowledge to create a newspaper article concerning his life.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Carol Holden and Tanya Klanert.
Blackbeard the pirate
Blackbeard the pirate
This illustration of Blackbeard is from Charles Johnson's book A General History of the Pyrates. Aside from this work, no other record of Charles Johnson exists. Many believe the book was actually written by Daniel Defoe, the author of Robinson...
Format: image/illustration
Beaufort Historic Site
Students will enjoy touring historic Beaufort with its beautiful old homes, seaport, graveyard, and folklore of Blackbeard the pirate.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The life and death of Blackbeard the Pirate
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.8
Captain Blackbeard (born Edward Teach) was one of the most notorious pirates of the Atlantic Ocean in the 1710s. As captain of the ship "Queen Anne's Revenge," Blackbeard gained a reuptation for his frightening appearance as much as for his violence and cruelty. Between his adventures at sea, Blackbeard often returned to North Carolina and was rumored to have a house in Ocracoke. He enjoyed the tolerance of the North Carolina governor who did little to protect the people of the state from Blackbeard's attacks. Exasperated, North Carolinians appealed to the governor of Virginia, who sent a crew of British Naval officers to fight the pirate. On November 22, 1718, the crew succeeded in killing the infamous Blackbeard.
Format: article
Historic Bath
Read about the archaeological excavation at Bonner's Point, Bath co-founder John Lawson, Cary's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, Blackbeard, and Bath legends. Look at historic images, maps, and video describing the history of Bath.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum
The history and artifacts of Ocracoke Island and its people can be found in this historic home on the grounds of the National Park Service.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Jockey's Ridge
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 9
Jockey's Ridge is the largest of the four remaining large dunes on the Outer Banks. The dune's immense size and its proximity to economic interests such as Route 158 have resulted in various attempts to control its migration. But the planting of American beach...
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Pirates and economics
In this lesson, students will learn the basics of a market economy and how pirates impacted the economic system in colonial times. Students will read one Mini Page about the famous pirate Blackbeard and another about economics. Students will map out the colonial economic system to demonstrate their knowledge of both economics and pirates' interventions. At the end of the lesson, students will imagine they are colonists and write a letter to the governor either in support or in opposition to piracy. This allows students to utilize economic vocabulary in a variety of creative ways.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Students will learn about the rich maritime history of the North Carolina coast as well as the coastal environment and barrier island ecology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
A brief history of Blackbeard & Queen Anne's Revenge
The French slave ship La Concorde was captured by the pirate Blackbeard after a treacherous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1717. The ship was renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, and it became the vessel in which Blackbeard carried out the notorious acts of his piratical career. By examining a variety of primary and secondary French documents, researchers have pieced together a limited history of the ship.
Format: article
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Students will learn about the barrier islands and their importance to the protection of the state of North Carolina. They will also learn about the historical use of the island as well as the plants and animals that can be found there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina: A pirate's safe haven
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 6
In this lesson, students will examine written records regarding the presence of pirates off the coast of the North Carolina colony. Using primary source documents, the students will discover that North Carolina did not discourage pirates from living along the coast. The students will also explore economic and social reasons for harboring pirates.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Lara Willox.
Writing a ghost story/mystery
Building upon the students' knowledge base of Blackbeard the Pirate, the numerous shipwrecks off of the N.C. coast, myths, and legends of the Carolinas, and/or The Lost Colony, students will write a ghost story or mystery narrative of their own.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By laura ritchie.
Ocracoke Island
There are many things to see on Ocracoke Island including the Ocracoke Lighthouse, the shortest lighthouse on the Outer Banks.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, NC
Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, NC
This is Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. It is the shortest lighthouse on the Outer Banks. Accessible only by water or air, Ocracoke Island is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the pirate Blackbeard...
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina scavenger hunt
In this activity, students will use editions in The Mini Page Archive to find information about North Carolina’s history and state symbols. They will search strategically by looking at the titles and headings for clues. After searching, students will create a skit using the information they learned.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks
This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” examines how coastal process continuously alter the structure of the Outer Banks, and how humans have adapted to and resisted these changes.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
The Mini Page instructional plans
A listing of unit plans and lesson plans using The Mini Page Archive, a project of the UNC University Libraries.
Format: lesson plan
Lighting the maritime path: The geography of North Carolina's lighthouses
In this lesson students will examine images of North Carolina lighthouses from the Built Heritage Collection at North Carolina State University and explore various websites to determine the relative location of eight North Carolina lighthouses and develop an understanding of maritime activities and coastal living.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Sonna Jamerson.