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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1924 Virginia Health Bulletin
1924 Virginia Health Bulletin
Virginia Health Bulletin announcing the Racial Integrity Act, 1924. The act, administered by Virginia state official Walter Plecker, sought to prevent interracial marriage, and made it illegal for people to identify their race as Indian. The full text of the...
Format: image/document
1943 Letter from Walter Plecker
1943 Letter from Walter Plecker
Letter from Virginia state official Walter Plecker to voting registrars, health care workers, school superintendents, and clerks of the court, 1943.
Format: image/letter
A black officer in an integrated Army
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.5
Interview with the black commander of white troops in an American battalion in occupied Germany after the U.S. military was desegregated. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
African American history
A guide to lesson plans, articles, and websites to help bring African American history alive in your classroom.
Format: bibliography/help
Anti-Civil Rights Demonstration
Anti-Civil Rights Demonstration
A young white boy holds racist a sign with his arms outstretched above protesters at an anti-civil rights demonstration in High Point, North Carolina. Another sign can be seen in the crowd. A policeman is standing below the boy.
Format: image
Areas of philosophy
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 1.3
This page introduces the various areas of philosophical thought, and links out to our (related) lesson plans.
Format: bibliography
Asynchronous conversation matters: Part I
Tap into your students' ease for using digital communities by structuring meaningful online conversations using free tools for asynchronous discussion that center around classroom learning.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Black cowboys during Reconstruction
In this lesson, students will learn about African-American cowboys in the American West during Reconstruction. Students will use the Blacks in the West Mini Page and other online sources to learn about the topic and then demonstrate their knowledge by writing their own fictional narrative. Social Studies and Language Arts teachers may wish to work together for this lesson. This can be used to introduce research skills, to round out lessons on the American West in both Social Studies and ELA and to reinforce short story writing skills.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
Carolina Digital Library and Archives instructional plans
A listing of unit plans and lesson plans provided by University of North Carolina Library and the Carolina Digital Library and Archives.
Format: lesson plan
Children's literature promotes understanding
Bibliotherapy and critical literacy are two ways to use books to help children better understand themselves, others, and the world around them. This article explains both strategies and provides resources for selecting appropriate books.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Civil rights wax museum project
In this lesson plan, students will choose African Americans prominent in the Civil Rights Movement and research aspects of their lives. They will create timelines of their subjects' lives and a speech about their subjects, emphasizing why they are remembered today.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Sabrina Lewandowski.
Deficit thinking
Teachers frequently attribute the academic struggles of English language learners to the students' inability or unwillingness to learn English, but this "deficit thinking" can better be replaced by a focus on what immigrant students bring to the classroom.
Format: article
By Buck Cooper.
Face to face with segregation: African American marines at Camp Lejune
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.3
Service in the Marine Corps during World War II brought African Americans to North Carolina's Camp Lejune, where they faced discrimination that many from the North were unfamiliar with.
Format: article
Holding a poetry slam
Introducing students to “the competitive art of performance poetry” builds enthusiasm for literature among even reluctant readers. This article explains how a high school in Cleveland County, North Carolina, held its first poetry slam.
Format: article
By Nancy Blalock.
Interracial "harmony" and the Great Awakening
The students will be introduced to two episodes in 19th-century American history, around the time of the Great Awakening, that show glimpses of some positive and negative consequences of interracial interaction in a religious context. The students will examine primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection to then be able to write a "sermon" from the perspective of a southern itinerant preacher during the Great Awakening arguing for or against religion as a cure for the social ill of racism and slavery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Jackie Robinson taught us more than baseball
After determining student knowledge about Jackie Robinson, the teacher/counselor reads "Teammates" by Peter Golenbock to fifth graders. The teacher/counselor then divides students into four groups to work cooperatively on questions. Groups select leaders and recorders and each group leader presents answers to the whole class. The teacher/counselor ends the activity with a question that individual students will respond to in writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 English Language Arts, Guidance, and Social Studies)
By Jan Huggins.
LEARN NC lesson plans
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 4.4
This page provides links to LEARN NC high school lesson plans that may be altered to include philosophical elements.
Format: bibliography
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Opposition to busing
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.10
A 1974 interview with Jesse Helms in which Helms denounced his critics who believed that his opposition to forced busing was racist. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Perspectives on school desegregation: Fran Jackson
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.11
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.6
Interview with a woman who attended all-black schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the town's first integrated high school, about her experiences. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.