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The Tree of Shame at Deal's Gap near the Tail of the Dragon
The Tree of Shame at Deal's Gap near the Tail of the Dragon
This is the Tree of Shame at Deal's Gap. Deal's Gap is located near a stretch of road known as the Tail of the Dragon, a section of US129 that has 318 curves in the span of 11 miles. Motorcyclists, sports car enthusiasts, and other serious drivers come from...
Format: image/photograph
Comparing the New Deal with the 2009 Recovery Act
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.9
In this lesson plan, students learn about the programs enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the New Deal, as well as the programs enacted by Barack Obama during the 2009 Recovery Act. Students compare and contrast the programs.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
A New Deal mural in the former Wallace Post Office
A New Deal mural in the former Wallace Post Office
This is a New Deal mural in the former Wallace Post Office. It is called "Daydreams" and was painted in 1941 by G. Glenn Newell. The post office is now occupied by a company dealing in coins and jewelry.
Format: image/photograph
A New Deal mural in the Lincolnton Post Office
A New Deal mural in the Lincolnton Post Office
This is a New Deal mural in the Lincolnton Post Office in Lincolnton, North Carolina. It is titled "Threshing Grain" and was painted by Richard Jansen in 1938. It was restored in 2004.
Format: image/photograph
New Deal Mural in the Warrenton, NC, post office
New Deal Mural in the Warrenton, NC, post office
This is a New Deal Mural in the post office in Warrenton, North Carolina. Warrenton is the seat of Warren County. It is called "North Carolina Pastoral" and was painted by painted by Alice Dineen in 1938.
Format: image/photograph
Reading primary sources: Newspaper advertisements
This interactive guide to reading classified advertisements in a 19th-century newspaper editorial steps through layers of questions, guiding the reader through the process of historical inquiry. This edition is one in a series of guides on reading historical primary sources.
Format: newspaper (multiple pages)
Mural in the Louisburg, North Carolina, post office
Mural in the Louisburg, North Carolina, post office
This is a mural in the post office in Louisburg, North Carolina. This New Deal mural is entitled "Tobacco Auction" and was painted in 1939 by Richard Kenah. Louisburg is the seat of Franklin County.
Format: image/photograph
The economics of recovery and reform
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.8
Timeline of events, federal programs, and economic trends, 1933–1940, leading to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
Penderlea Homestead Museum: A Homestead Community of the Depression Era
Visit this Depression-era community built by President Roosevelt's New Deal progra, in 1934. The museum in Willard, North Carolina is open on Saturdays and by appointment.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Percent of change: What's the deal?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.5
In this lesson, students calculate percent of change and discuss how percent of change is used in retail careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Paired writing: Hoover and FDR
Taking on the persona of FDR and Hoover, students will write responses to citizens seeking help with real world problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Angie Panel Holthausen.
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Dune restoration
In Large sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 16
Figure 15 shows the seaward dune on Bogue Banks in the aftermath of Hurricane Fran and the winter storms of 1998. As we saw on Bear Island, there is no level of sand volume or vegetation coverage sufficient to render seaward dunes immune from storm erosion....
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Science is a puzzle: Lessons in observation
Simple, fun activities using observation to introduce students to the scientific process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Cindy Ellis.
Grow it yourself: Plan a farm garden now.
Grow it yourself: Plan a farm garden now.
Poster for the U.S. Department of Agriculture promoting victory gardens, showing carrots, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and potatoes growing.
Format: image/poster
LEARN NC lesson plans
In Election 2012, page 3.2
Elementary Math in the White House This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying. (Grades K-1)
Format: bibliography
Reading primary sources: Newspaper editorials
This interactive guide to reading a 19th-century newspaper editorial steps through layers of questions, guiding the reader through the process of historical inquiry. This edition is one in a series of guides on reading historical primary sources.
Format: newspaper (multiple pages)
William Culp oral history excerpt
Excerpt from oral history interview with William Culp, a teacher who taught at an integrated school in Charlotte. Although he attended segregated schools in the 1950s, William Culp’s children attended integrated schools in Charlotte, NC in the 1970s and...
Format: audio/interview
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity six
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will read and evaluate primary source stories from the Federal Writer’s Project.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Johnas Freeman
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.8
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Freeman explains that, despite the difficulties he faced readjusting to everyday life after Vietnam, he did not have any regrets about his decision to serve in the military.
Format: interview/primary source