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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Buffalo Soldiers
In this lesson, students will learn about Buffalo Soldiers using the Blacks in the West Mini Page. Students will compare what they learn from the Mini Page with Bob Marley’s song "Buffalo Soldiers." Then students will choose another group of people or a social movement to compare the Buffalo Soldiers to, similar to the way Marley compared them to Rastafarians, and they will write their own song lyrics to demonstrate the connection. This lesson allows students to make connections between different groups across history.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
The Mini Page instructional plans
A listing of unit plans and lesson plans using The Mini Page Archive, a project of the UNC University Libraries.
Format: lesson plan
Desegregating the armed forces
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.4
Although African Americans had served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution, until after World War II, they did not receive the same treatment and opportunies as white soldiers and sailors. In 1948, President Harry Truman ordered that the armed forces be desegregated.
Format: article
North Carolina as a Civil War battlefield, November 1864–May 1865
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.2
Article describes major events and battles in North Carolina during the last year of the Civil War, including Sherman's Carolinas Campaign.
Format: article
The Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.4
In October 1780, in response to a British threat in the Carolina backcountry, Patriot militias gathered in the mountains of present-day North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. They marched southeast to a site near present-day Morganton, joined forces, and proceeded to defeat Loyalist militias at the Battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina. The battle helped turn the tide of the war for independence.
Format: article
By Randell Jones.
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.
Critical literacy
Critical literacy is the ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships. This article outlines the history and theory of critical literacy and details its application in the classroom.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.