K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center
The center has wonderful exhibits which explain the importance of the Native American people of North America as well as artifacts of the first inhabitants of Hatteras Island.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Museum of the Native American Resource Center
The exhibits on display at this museum include prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee artifacts, contemporary Indian art and items which represent Native Americans from all over North America.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
We have a story to tell: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
Readings and lesson plans exploring the historical and ongoing challenges faced by the American Indians of the Chesapeake Bay region, since the time of their first contact with Europeans in the early 1600s.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
This wonderful museum has artifacts from Native American tribes, a Civil War exhibit, farming tools of days gone by, and exhibits of North American animals and fossils.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Lincoln County Museum of History
The museum houses special collections of artifacts and historical objects as well as primary source documents such as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Alamance County Historical Museum
Learn about the history of Alamance County on a field trip to this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina American Indian stories
In this lesson students will select and read stories from some of the North Carolina American Indian tribes. They will compare and contrast two stories of their choice and complete a Venn diagram. Students will use the information on the Venn diagram to write three paragraphs. After reading several American Indian tales or legends, students will then create their own legend using the narrative writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Janice Gardner.
Native Americans and Jamestown
Using primary sources, students will investigate the role of Native Americans in the successes and failures of Jamestown. Students will identify and analyze inaccurate portrayals of Pocahontas and Powhatan by comparing historical facts with literary fiction.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Jennifer Ricks.
The Trail of Tears comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz to accompany The Walking Classroom The Trail of Tears lesson plan.
Format: document/worksheet
The fate of North Carolina's native peoples: Causes and effects
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an article about changes in the population of North Carolina in the early 1700s as European settlers displaced American Indians. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer a series of questions.
Format: worksheet/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Person County Museum of History
A unique collection of buildings and fascinating exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts tell the story of Person County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Native Americans in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.6
In this lesson, students create a PowerPoint presentation giving the history and impact of one of the six major Native American tribes of North Carolina. They will show understanding of population movement, different perspectives, and the roles the Native Americans played in the development of the state.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
The Trail of Tears
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the history of the Trail of Tears and its aftermath. Mrs. Fenn joins them to share a Cherokee story-tellers’ observations and to discuss why the Cherokee from North Carolina were not forced onto Indian Territory, but allowed...
Format: audio/podcast
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
Town Creek Indian Mound (NC Historic Site)
This site provided by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History contains information about visiting Town Creek, a section on Montgomery County and the vicinity, a Native American Cultural Synopsis, and a section on the Pee Dee Culture.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Clay County Historical and Arts Museum
Visit the red brick jailhouse that has been turned into a museum and exhibit space by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Canton Area Historical Museum
Students will learn about the beginnings of this western North Carolina town, it's history, and the industry that sustains it.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mystery Hill, Appalachian Heritage Museum and The Native American Artifacts Museum
Visitors will experience strange phenomena which some believe is attributed to a gravitational anomaly known as a vortex, learn about the ancient native people of the area, and see what it would have been like to live at the turn of the century at the Mystery Hill museums.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Caldwell Heritage Museum
Visit the Caldwell Heritage Museum and learn about the chronological history of Caldwell County from pre-colonial days until the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity