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Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (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)
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 7
Now let's take a closer look at the process of drawing a map. If you're drawing a map of a classroom, you can assume the floor is flat like a piece of paper. (If not, the district is going to need to up its facilities budget.) That makes mapping it straightforward;...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Projections and propaganda
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 9
Interestingly, until the mid-twentieth century, publishers of maps and textbooks resisted using new projections (many of which were, by then, quite old). Why? Maybe because they wanted to stick with what was familiar to people -- or maybe because Mercator...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.
Reading maps
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 4
Now that we understand a little of what it takes to create visual representations of data, let's look at the other end of the process. What are the skills necessary to "read" or interpret visual representations of data? Understanding representations...
Format: article/best practice
By David Walbert.