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.

The Cherokee language and syllabary
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.2
In the early nineteenth century, a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah invented a syllabary, or syllabic alphabet, for the Cherokee language. Within a few years, books and newspapers were printed in Cherokee, and by 1830, as many as 90 percent of Cherokee were literate in their own language. This article includes audio recordings of spoken Cherokee.
Format: article
Oconaluftee Indian Village
A model of a Cherokee Indian Village from over 250 years ago with guides in native costume to answer questions and explain their heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The legend of Tsali
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.9
The story of a Cherokee man who resisted removal and founded the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legend/primary source
Why the opossum's tail is bare
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 3.2
A recording of a radio adaptation of a Cherokee legend, with suggestions for use in the classroom.
Format: article/lesson plan
Cherokee County Historical Museum
Students can see artifacts, books, papers, photographs, and other materials significant to the history, culture, and heritage of Cherokee County, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee syllabary
Cherokee syllabary
The Cherokee language is written in a syllabary invented by Sequoyah, also known as George Guess, in 1819. Each symbol represents a syllable rather than a single phoneme as in English. There are far too many syllables in English (tens of thousands) for an...
Format: image/chart
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Official site of the museum of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Reading guide: Cherokee women
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.7
These questions will help to guide students' reading of "Cherokee Women" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions focus primarily on the Cherokee matrilineal kinship system and on the cultural differences between the Cherokee and the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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
Wax figures in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Wax figures in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian
These are wax figures in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. They depict three Cherokee warriors in authentic costume. The museum contains artifacts, wax figures, and permanent exhibits detailing the history and life of Cherokee Indians.
Format: image/photograph
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)
The relocation of the Cherokee in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.8
In this lesson, students will analyze maps to learn more about the movement of the Cherokee population in North Carolina. Students will show the geographical changes of Cherokee land from the 18th to the 19th centuries through an understanding of maps, writings about the tribe, and the Treaty of 1819. This lesson should precede instruction on the Trail of Tears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Cherokee clans
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 3.1
Introduction Hollywood movies have not accurately portrayed American Indians who lived in North Carolina. By researching and role playing the seven clans of the Cherokee, the false stereotypes will be replaced with factual knowledge and understanding....
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Linda Tabor.
Along the Trail of Tears
A part of history is often forgotten when teaching younger students. This is the relocation of the Cherokee Indians when the white settlers wanted their property. The US Government moved whole groups of Indians under harsh conditions. This trip became known as the Trail of Tears. Using this as a background students will explore and experiment with persuasive writing as they try to express the position of Cherokee leaders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Glenda Bullard.
Cherokee woman and pottery
Cherokee woman and pottery
In North Carolina, a Cherokee woman works with clay pottery pieces.
Format: image/photograph
French and Indian War Cherokee camp
French and Indian War Cherokee camp
At a French and Indian War re-enactment at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a replica of a Cherokee camp sits in the woods. The camp is stocked with common eighteenth-century Cherokee items, including animal skins, woven bags, blankets, and a gourd.
Format: image/photograph
Junaluska Memorial and Museum
Named an interpretive site along the Trail of Tears, the Junaluska Memorial and Museum "highlights the unique place Graham County has in the history of the Cherokee."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee relocation
Students will use primary sources to investigate the boundaries of the Cherokee lands set for North Carolina after the Revolutionary War.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Donna Hernandez.
Routes of Indian Removal
Routes of Indian Removal
Map showing land and water routes taken by Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole Indians during removal to Oklahoma, 1838–1839.
Format: image/map
Cherokee Chief John Ross
Cherokee Chief John Ross
Format: image/painting