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Graphic organizer: Who owns the land?
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about conflicting ideas of land ownership between European settlers in America and American Indians.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Europe
Explore the culture, geography, and history of the nations of Europe with this sampling of educational resources found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
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.
Joining together in song: Piedmont music in black and white
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.1
This article from Carolina Music Ways discusses musical interactions between African Americans and European Americans prior to the Civil War, including African American participation in Moravian sacred music and the contributions of black and white Americans to the string band tradition in the North Carolina Piedmont.
Format: article
North Carolina place names
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.8
This lesson contrasts and compares the names that Native Americans living in North Carolina gave to their villages and places with the names that European and other settlers gave to theirs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 Social Studies)
Using EUROPA to teach the European Union
Finding resources for teaching the European Union can be a challenge. This article introduces strategies for using free resources available on the official EU web site, EUROPA, to deepen understanding of the European Union.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching the European Union
This article presents the European Union — often seen as an "extra" in instruction — as an integral part of the government, economy, history, and culture of Europe. It offers background on the EU, and ideas for deepening understanding of the EU every time you teach Europe.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Music and morale
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.10
The military recognized early on that music could keep soldiers' and sailors' morale up, and popular music became a way to entertain servicemen. The government pressed special records, called V-Discs (V for Victory), featuring popular artists. The recordings on this page include the song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and a German-language propaganda broadcast of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood."
Format: music
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
The importance of one simple plant
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 2.10
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.1
The natives of America could trace the history of maize to the beginning of time. Maize was the food of the gods that had created the Earth. It played a central role in many native myths and legends. And it came to be one of their most important foods. Maize, in some form, made up roughly 65 percent of the native diet. When European settlers reached the New World, they learned to cultivate Indian corn from their native neighbors.
Format: article
By Terry L. Sargent.
Museum of the Cape Fear
This museum interprets the history and culture of southern North Carolina from prehistory to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum
Take a field trip to the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum and learn about the history and people of Columbus County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use
A “virtual field trip” through the North Carolina Piedmont and thousands of years of history explains the origin of Piedmont clays and how clay is made into pottery. With high-resolution photographs.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Discovery of the Mississippi
Discovery of the Mississippi
William H. Powell's painting, Discovery of the Mississippi, depicts Hernando de Soto's encounter with the Mississippi River in 1541. De Soto was the first European to view the river. In the painting, de Soto appears in armor on a white horse,...
Format: image/painting
American Indians in the United States
This online course examines American Indian history in the United States from the earliest evidence of human habitation through first contact with Europeans, conflicts in the West, World War II and other key events in 20th century U.S. history, the American Indian rights movement, and into the present day.
Format: article/online course
Columbus taking possession of the New World
Columbus taking possession of the New World
Painting of Christopher Columbus taking possession of the new world. In the painting, Columbus kneels on a rocky coast, with a flag in his left hand and a sword in his right. He is surrounded by European men, some of them bearing flags. In the background,...
Format: image/painting
Comparing creation stories
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.5
In this activity, students compare creation stories from three peoples -- Cherokee, European, and West African -- that met in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Grade 4
In North Carolina Essential Standards: Social Studies, page 2.5
Fourth Grade is the first formal introduction to North Carolina, its ethnic diversity, its rich culture, the economic energy of its people, and its geographic regions. Fourth Grade students explore the social disciplines of its history, geography, civics and...
Teaching contemporary Europe
We know how to teach Europe’s past, but what about the present? This article offers strategies and resources for teaching today’s Europe, using online resources from the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Languages and nationalities
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.11
Data on languages spoken and nationality of origin shows the rapidly-growing diversity of North Carolina residents.
Format: data set