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Asia 1892
Asia 1892
Format: image/map
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Carter years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.1
Overview of United States history in the late 1970s, including economic troubles, the energy crisis, the Cold War, and the Iran hostage crisis.
Format: book
Beyond the headlines: Kyrgyzstan
In this lesson, students research the recent history of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and explore its strategic significance for world powers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Jacqueline Olich.
The war on terror and the presidency of George W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.6
A brief history of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, largely focusing on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
Format: book
The Cold War: An overview
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.1
A brief history of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union, 1945–1991.
Format: article
Civil War casualties
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.12
Historians estimate that about 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War -- almost as many as have died in all other U.S. wars combined. This article explains why.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Life on a North Carolina military base in wartime
Students will use primary sources from a World War II military base in North Carolina to make inferences about life on that base. This lesson was created through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Laina Stapleton.
4-H on the home front
In this lesson plan, secondary students will analyze a variety of primary source textual materials to investigate how young rural people were encouraged to support the war effort during World War II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 11–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Reagan years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.3
A history of the United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981–89), including the rise of conservatism, economic issues, and relations with the Soviet Union.
Format: book
Of earth, water, and fire: World pottery traditions
In this lesson, a photo analysis activity helps students learn about pottery traditions from around the world. Students discuss how these traditions are similar to and different from one another.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Vietnam: Educator's guide
A guide for K–12 teachers to teaching about Vietnam using LEARN NC's slideshows, with a focus on the question Why should we care about Vietnam?
Format: article/teacher's guide
By Steve Goldberg.

Resources on the web

Understanding Afghanistan: Land in Crisis
The ravages of war are clear in this site on Afghanistan. The site contains news, background information, interactive and traditional maps, photographs, ausio, and film. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Geographic
Afghanistan Unveiled
This site provides information and lesson plans to accompany the film Afghanistan Unveiled, which focuses on the experiences of women. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Living through a drought
In this Xpeditions lesson, students practice map-reading skills. Using a drought map of Afghanistan, students learn how to recognize drought, where drought can occur, and how drought affects the people who live in those places. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science and Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Through the eyes of a refugee
This lesson asks students to analyze the “Afghanistan, Land in Crisis” map (available in print and online) to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there. Students will be asked... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: Xpeditions
This website offers news, photo essays and comics regarding the events and politics of the following countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute
What makes a group?
Students will review the different groups in “A Patchwork of Ethnic Minorities,” one of the inset maps, and examine different ways that people can be organized into groups. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Cold War International History Project
A collection of Cold War historical primary sources that include materials from governments on all sides of the "Iron Curtain." (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Woodrow Wilson Center. Smithsonian Institution