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Soldiers returning from Iraq at Fort Bragg, NC
Soldiers returning from Iraq at Fort Bragg, NC
Soldiers return to Fort Bragg in Cumberland County, North Carolina, after a fifteen-month deployment in Iraq.
Format: image/photograph
Baghdad car bomb, 2005
Baghdad car bomb, 2005
During the Iraq War, smoke from a car bomb looms over a street in Baghdad.
Format: image/photograph
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein during his presidency of Iraq.
Format: image/photograph
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The presidency of George H. W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.4
A brief history of the United States from 1989 to 1993, including the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War.
Format: book
The GI Bill
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.1
The GI Bill, which helped veterans of World War II attend college, vastly expanded the nation's educated workforce and democratized universities.
Format: article
Granville County Historical Society Museum
Learn about the rich heritage of Granville County through the exhibits at this museum in Oxford, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The war on terror and the presidency of George W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.6
A brief history of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, largely focusing on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
Format: book
Laws and government: Hammurabi's Code
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.2
In this lesson, students analyze the Code of Hammurabi and make inferences about Babylonian society based on the code. The lesson plan concludes with a discussion of contemporary careers that involve knowledge of laws.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mary B. Taylor.
Essays of definition: Lively writing through professional models
This lesson examines a professional model of a definition paper and asks students to analyze and imitate the structures of using anecdotes and cause and effect to elaborate an essay of definition.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
Linking important geographic sites to world history
Students will learn the importance of geography as it relates to significant events or periods in world history, especially that which pertains to Europe and the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Guy Swanson.
Civil War casualties
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.12
Historians estimate that about 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War -- almost as many as have died in all other U.S. wars combined. This article explains why.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Life on a North Carolina military base in wartime
Students will use primary sources from a World War II military base in North Carolina to make inferences about life on that base. This lesson was created through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Laina Stapleton.
4-H on the home front
In this lesson plan, secondary students will analyze a variety of primary source textual materials to investigate how young rural people were encouraged to support the war effort during World War II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 11–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Reading photographs
A picture is worth a thousand words — but which words? Questions can help students decode, interpret, and understand photographs thoughtfully and meaningfully.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
The Reagan years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.3
A history of the United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981–89), including the rise of conservatism, economic issues, and relations with the Soviet Union.
Format: book
The United States in the 1990s
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.5
A brief history of the United States in the 1990s, including the 1992 presidential election, Bill Clinton's presidency, globalization, the congressional elections of 1994, the rise of the information economy, and post-Cold War foreign relations.
Format: book
The Missing Revolution: K–12 Education should unleash the genius of the web. Why hasn’t it?
James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University Law School, and founding board member of Creative Commons, spoke at LEARN NC's Tenth Anniversary Conference in October 2006...
Format: video

Resources on the web

Daily life in the Middle East
Students explore Iraq's rich cultural history and read online articles or print publications about daily life in Iraq. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7, 9, and 11–12 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic
Oil and water in the Middle East region
In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the roles of oil and water in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Students use maps to look at the distribution of oil in the Middle East and discuss what it means for the different countries in the region. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Geographic