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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.

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Summative assessment
This article defines summative assessment and lists several examples and common formats.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
The Greensboro killings
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.8
An anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, in November 1979, resulted in the deaths of five people at the hands of self-proclaimed Klansmen and Nazis. The accused men were never convicted.
Format: article
How do I use all this data?
An eight-step checklist and questions for making use of various kinds of education data.
By Chris Hitch and Ken Jenkins.
Learn about your county
This activity will allow fourth grade students in North Carolina to learn more about the counties that surround their home county. Using online images, students will create a multimedia presentation to share with others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Computer/Technology Skills, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
By Clarice Poovey.
Are you prepared to meet the literacy needs of African American male youth?
This webinar explores the role of the educational community in closing the literacy achievement gap; nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world; and enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.
Format: presentation
By Amanda Hitson and Sandra Hughes-Hassell.
Artifact ethics
In Intrigue of the Past, page 5.5
In their study of archaeological issues students will use ethical dilemmas to examine their own values and beliefs about archaeological site protection. They will also evaluate possible actions they might take regarding site and artifact protection.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Social Studies)
Sex under the influence
The use of alcohol and other drugs increases the risk for unplanned, unprotected sex. This action exposes young people to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy. The lesson engages students in the decision-making process regarding risk and checks their understanding of behaviors that put them at risk.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Crumpler.
Student life at the Normal and Industrial School
In North Carolina in the New South, page 4.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.6
Excerpt from the student handbook of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School, 1901. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Perspectives on school desegregation: Harriet Love
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.12
Interview with a woman who attended an all-black high school in Charlotte in the 1960s but whose children attended integrated schools, about the unintended effects of school desegregation. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kristin Post.
A Siouan village
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.6
In their study of an excavated village site, students will record observations about a site feature and infer how past peoples used individual features and the site as a whole. They will also summarize how archaeologists use observation and inference to determine past lifeways.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
Harriet Love on integration
In this 1998 oral history excerpt, Love speaks about the motivations people had for supporting integration and starts off with an insightful response. She then goes on to describe many more subtle effects of integration such as the challenged to teachers and...
Format: audio
The diagnosis of ADHD
Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been on the rise since the 1990s. This article discusses the appropriate criteria under which ADHD should be diagnosed and considers the consequences of misdiagnosing — or not diagnosing — ADHD.
Format: article
By Jennifer Job.
More than just a rainy day: The water cycle
Students will identify water sources in the school environment in order to understand the origins of our water and to gain perspective about the students' place in the water cycle. Students will learn about the water cycle using a variety of resources and discover connections between the water cycle and the water that they use every day.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Development and Science)
By Kelly This and Leigh Thrower.
North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears
In this two week unit, students will study the Cherokee by participating in literature circles, learning about Native American story telling, writing a letter to Andrew Jackson to protest against the Creek War, and more.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Gina Golden.
Water cycle word study
Students will look at the written similarities in the words used to describe the water cycle (ex., evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, accumulation, condensation), focusing on suffixes and prefixes as a way to gain understanding of those terms. Students will group words by meaning and label a blank water cycle chart based on the categories for the groupings they create. This lesson is designed in conjunction with “More than just a rainy day—the water cycle.”
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Kelly This and Leigh Thrower.
The value of money in colonial America
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.5
This article explains the many kinds of money that circulated in colonial America and why it is nearly impossible to say what they were worth "in today's money."
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Black ice: A slippery arctic road
In this lesson, students investigate the effects of black carbon on arctic warming.
Format: lesson plan
By DeeDee Whitaker and Katherine Whang.Edited by Dana Haine.