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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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)
A black sailor in the American Revolution
A black sailor in the American Revolution
This African American sailor, whose portrait here was painted during the American Revolution, wears the uniform of a sailor in the navy rather than of one on a private ship.
Format: image/painting
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)
The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution
The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution
Map showing the locations and dates of key battles in the Southern Campaign of the War of American Independence, 1780–1781.
Format: image/map
Robert Howe
Robert Howe
Robert Howe (1732–1786) was a major general in the Continental Army and North Carolina's highest-ranking officer during the American Revolution.
Format: image/illustration
Don't tread on me
Don't tread on me
A re-created version of the flag from the American Revolution shows a coiled snake with the warning, "Don't Tread On Me."
Format: image/photograph
Graphic organizer: Janet Schaw on American agriculture
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt about agricultural practices in the Carolinas on the eve of the American Revolution.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
AOWS6: Revolution, reaction, reform: Industrialization creates a modern world
This online professional development course takes the concept of revolution away from war and links it to a major change in society using the late 19th and early 20th century Industrial Revolution and following Progressive Era.
Format: article/online course
Colonial woman and children
Colonial woman and children
At a reenactment of the American Revolution at Minuteman National Park in Lexington/Concord, Massachusetts, a woman and two children walk hand-in-hand in colonial dress.
Format: image/photograph
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)
The Declaration of Independence
In Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide, page 5
In this interdisciplinary lesson, students will examine the role of the Declaration of Independence in the development of the American Revolution and as part of the American identity. They will also analyze the argumentative structure and write their own declaration.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Karen Cobb Carroll, Ph.D., NBCT.
Patrick Ferguson monument at Kings Mountain
Patrick Ferguson monument at Kings Mountain
A monument to Patrick Ferguson, commander of loyalist troops at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution, October 7, 1780.
Format: image/photograph
Creed of a Rioter
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.13
During the American Revolution, Patriots who supported the war and independence committed frequent acts of violence against Loyalists and suspected Loyalists. This satirical essay was written in 1776 by an anonymous North Carolina Patriot disturbed by the extent of the violence.
Format: essay/primary source
Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial
The museum has numerous artifacts as well as a film that details the Waxhaws area's history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee leaders speak
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.5
Exceprts of speeches of Cherokee leaders protesting white encroachment on their lands during the American Revolution.
Format: speech/primary source
The French Revolution: "Those who have and those who have not"
This lesson is part of the French Revolution unit that examines the reigns of the absolute monarchs and the monetary crisis of the French government.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Social Studies)
By Kevin Huntley.
Fort Defiance
Visitors to this historic home will see one of the most unique restorations in the county. The home contains over 300 pieces of original furnishings and artifacts from the Revolutionary War period and later.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Fort Defiance in Lenoir, NC
Fort Defiance in Lenoir, NC
This is Fort Defiance in Lenoir, North Carolina. Fort Defiance was the home of General William Lenoir. He was a major general in the North Carolina Militia and fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain during the American Revolution. The house has been restored...
Format: image/photograph
Timeline of the Revolution, 1780–1783
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.1
Timeline of events of the American Revolution from the beginning of the Southern Campaign in 1780 to the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the war.
Format: article
David Fanning and the Tory War of 1781
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.10
During the American Revolution, Patriots and Loyalists fought in the North Carolina backcountry. In 1781, David Fanning, commanding the Loyalist forces of five counties, terrorized residents of the Piedmont.
Format: article