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From the education reference

North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.
digital game-based learning
Instructional method that incorporates educational content or learning principles into video games with the goal of engaging learners. Applications of digital game-based learning draw upon the constructivist theory of education.

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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.
Sanitariums
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.8
In the late nineteenth century, sanitariums were built to house patients with tuberculosis, which was the leading cause of death in the United States. Western North Carolina's climate made it the perfect location for sanitariums.
Format: article
The Lumbee: Who are they?
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.6
Introduction This activity for middle school grades allows students to survey the various theories concerning the ancestry of the Lumbee. Students will read and analyze four threads that seek to chronicle the ancestry of North Carolina’s largest...
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Gazelia Carter.
Zebulon Vance
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.2
Biography of Zebulon Vance, who served as North Carolina's governor during most of the Civil War.
Format: article
A picture is worth...
In this activity, students use a photograph from historic North Carolina as the basis to write a creative short story. This lesson was created through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
Format: lesson plan
By Laina Stapleton.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.7
The Southern Highland Craft Guild, founded by Frances Goodrich, played an important role in western North Carolina's Craft Revival of the early twentieth century. Goodrich and others helped find ways of teaching traditional crafts and making them profitable again.
Format: article
The Blue Ridge Parkway
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.11
The Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching 469 miles between the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, has offered visitors breathtaking vistas, wilderness access, and a reprieve from fast-paced commercialism since the mid-1930s.
Format: article
American Indians
A guide to some of the best resources for teaching about American Indians, including lesson plans, articles, websites, and field trip opportunities.
Format: bibliography/help
Biltmore Estate
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.1
George Washington Vanderbilt inherited a tremendous sum of money and used it to build a massive house and grounds near Asheville.
Format: article
African American history
A guide to lesson plans, articles, and websites to help bring African American history alive in your classroom.
Format: bibliography/help
Carolina Digital Library and Archives instructional plans
A listing of unit plans and lesson plans provided by University of North Carolina Library and the Carolina Digital Library and Archives.
Format: lesson plan
Experience North Carolina's state parks with EELEs
An EELE is an Environmental Education Learning Experience -- a site-specific program offered by the North Carolina state parks system. EELEs include pre-visit activities, on-site activities and post-visit activities, but they do not necessarily have to be used in conjunction with a group visit. Educators can attend EELE workshops to gain rich educational experiences that provide knowledge, insight, and immediate practical materials for use in the classroom.
Format: article
By Linda Dow.

Resources on the web

DigitalNC
Digital NC is the outreach website of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a program of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Center digitizes and publishes historic materials online from "libraries, archives,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
Craft Revival - Shaping Western North Carolina Past and Present
The North Carolina State Library has funded this three year project that documents the Crafts Revival period of western North Carolina between 1895 and 1945. Western Carolina University Hunter Library is in partnership with John C. Campbell Folk School,... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Western Carolina University, Hunter Library