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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Cuban Missile Crisis map
Cuban Missile Crisis map
This map from the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis shows the range of Soviet SS-4 medium-range ballistic missiles and SS-5 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, if launched from Cuba.
Format: image/map
John F. Kennedy
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.7
An overview of the presidency of John F. Kennedy, 1961–63, including his management of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Format: article
The Andy Griffith Show in historical context
In this lesson plan, students review their knowledge about the 1960s in the United States and read an article about The Andy Griffith Show. Students reflect on societal fears in the 1960s and consider how those fears might have influenced the show's popularity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
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)
The Cold War: An overview
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.1
A brief history of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union, 1945–1991.
Format: article
Living with the bomb
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.8
After the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1948, the U.S. Government produced civil defense films explaining the true nature of atomic bombs and demonstrating techniques for surviving an atomic attack. This article includes two civil defense films, film of the first hydrogen bomb test, and a Life magazine article about a honeymoon in a bomb shelter.
Format: exhibit
By David Walbert.
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Reference Desk
This site contains online materials relating to the life and times of President John F. Kennedy. It includes biographical information, selected speeches, photographs, quotations, legislative record and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: John Fitzgerald Kenney Library
Cold War International History Project
A collection of Cold War historical primary sources that include materials from governments on all sides of the "Iron Curtain." (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Woodrow Wilson Center. Smithsonian Institution