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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Americans with Disabilities Act
Passed by the U.S. Congress in 1990, the ADA guarantees equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The ADA also provides for reasonable accommodations to increase the numbers of students with disabilities in primary, secondary, and postsecondary education.

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Race in her lifetime
In this lesson, students will use oral histories to trace the life of Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
African American soldiers
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.9
After Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, some 180,000 African American soldiers fought for the Union cause in the Civil War.
Format: article
African American Moravian log church
African American Moravian log church
This small log church was built in Salem, North Carolina in 1823 as the Moravian church for African Americans. In 1861, the African American congregation moved to a larger brick church.
Format: image/photograph
African American school, Forsyth County
African American school, Forsyth County
Circa 1870 photo of the first school for African Americans in Forsyth County. The school was built near Salem in 1867 on Moravian lands south of Salem Creek.
Format: image/photograph
The Wilmington Race Riot
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.8
In November 1898, on the heels of the state Democratic Party's white supremacy campaign, violence broke out in Wilmington. A white mob burned the offices of a black newspaper and killed at least twenty-five African Americans.
Format: article
African American Cultural Complex
Originally named Black Heritage Park, the African American Cultural Complex celebrates the outstanding contributions made by African-Americans.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Civil rights protests and dilemmas
In this lesson students explore well-known civil rights protests then listen to two oral histories of individuals who protested in their own way to promote equality for African Americans. Students specifically will consider personal risks involved in protest.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The African American State Fair
In North Carolina in the New South, page 1.10
For several years in the late nineteenth century, African American farmers held their own state fair in Raleigh to showcase improvements in agriculture.
Format: article
By Jim L. Sumner.
Montford Point Marine Museum
Visit this museum which preserves the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines who served with courage and pride from 1942 to 1949.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln
Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln
Shows 27 African Americans in two lines with rifles resting on the ground.
Format: image/photograph
John Chavis
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.10
John Chavis (1762?–1838), a free African American living in North Carolina, was a widely respected minister and teacher with long-reaching influence on both whites and African Americans.
Format: biography
Negotiated segregation in Salem
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 1.6
In Salem, North Carolina, white Moravians and African Americans found ways to live, work, and worship separately and together.
Format: article
Brown versus Board of Education: Rhetoric and realities
In this lesson, students will listen to three oral histories that shed light on political and personal reactions toward the 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown versus Board of Education. Includes a teacher's guide as well as the oral history audio excerpts and transcripts.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
African American college students: Classroom activity
In this lesson plan, students will read a primary source document about African American college students in 1906 and answer a series of questions as they assume the role of a young African American woman in the early 20th century.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
YMI Cultural Center
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers. It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Henry Frye
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.5
Biography of Henry Frye (1932–), former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Format: biography
Dressing for the Carnival
Dressing for the Carnival
Painting by Winslow Homer (1836–1910), 1877, shows an African American man being helped with preparation for a carnival by two women. In 1875, Homer made studies of African Americans around Petersburg, Virginia, and this painting may be one of several based...
Format: image/painting
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with “over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers.” It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity