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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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide
Strategically plan a collaborative unit and learn how to overcome those everyday obstacles that prevent success. This guide is accompanied by four lesson plans to help you put collaboration into practice.
Format: series (multiple pages)
We have a story to tell: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
Readings and lesson plans exploring the historical and ongoing challenges faced by the American Indians of the Chesapeake Bay region, since the time of their first contact with Europeans in the early 1600s.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
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
Excavating Occaneechi Town: An archaeology primer
Republished with permission from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, the Archaeology Primer uses photographs of the excavations at Occaneechi Town to introduce fundamental concepts of archaeology. The primer provides an introduction to the methods of archaeology and to some common types of artifacts, and prepares students to participate in an electronic archaeological dig.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center
The center has wonderful exhibits which explain the importance of the Native American people of North America as well as artifacts of the first inhabitants of Hatteras Island.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Slave songs
In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection. This is a great lesson to introduce the intersection of religion and slavery in a US history or African American history class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Walking Classroom
Lesson plans and podcasts aligned to the fifth grade curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
This wonderful museum has artifacts from Native American tribes, a Civil War exhibit, farming tools of days gone by, and exhibits of North American animals and fossils.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Lincoln County Museum of History
The museum houses special collections of artifacts and historical objects as well as primary source documents such as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Person County Museum of History
A unique collection of buildings and fascinating exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts tell the story of Person County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina American Indian stories
In this lesson students will select and read stories from some of the North Carolina American Indian tribes. They will compare and contrast two stories of their choice and complete a Venn diagram. Students will use the information on the Venn diagram to write three paragraphs. After reading several American Indian tales or legends, students will then create their own legend using the narrative writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Janice Gardner.
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
The Trail of Tears comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz to accompany The Walking Classroom The Trail of Tears lesson plan.
Format: document/worksheet
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)