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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.
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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Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Representing historic women figures in North Carolina
In Commemorative landscapes, page 2.4
This lesson, developed using the Commemorative Landscapes collection, examines North Carolina’s commemoration of the contributions made by women and asks students to think about how the commemoration of women might affect our collective understanding of women’s contributions to North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Kate Allman.
Discovering our state: Pre-activities
Get ready for a great learning experience with the Discovering Our State field trip through the UNC Visitors' Center and Morehead Planetarium! Help your students be prepared for this walking tour by leading them through one (or more!) of these activities prior to the field trip.
Format: activity/field trip opportunity
Exploring monuments in North Carolina's capital
In this lesson, students will research a Raleigh monument and then locate and explore the monument on a field trip to Raleigh.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Stephanie Dixon.
The mystery of the missing hippo!
In this lesson, students will engage with a variety of primary documents from the Commemorative Landscapes database to learn about the mystery of the missing hippo statue in Orange County.
Format: lesson plan
By Kate Allman.
Discovering our state: Post-activities
The following activities are designed to give your students a chance to reflect on and expand upon the knowledge they gained during the Discovering Our State Discovery Class field trip through the UNC Visitors' Center and Morehead Planetarium.
Format: activity/field trip opportunity
Nina Simone: Monument and poetry analysis
In Commemorative landscapes, page 2.6
In this lesson for high school English, students will learn about famous singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, using the Commemorative Landscapes database and by analyzing her song lyrics. Teachers may wish to collaborate with a social studies and/or music teacher for this lesson.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.
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