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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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John Charles McNeill House and Memorial Gardens
John Charles McNeill was a well known poet from Scotland County. His restored birthplace is now a historic house museum celebrating his life and work.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Gertrude Weil
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.4
Biography of Gertrude Weil (1879–1971) of Goldsboro, who led the fight for women's suffrage in North Carolina.
Format: biography
By Jill Molloy and L. Maren Wood.
Lillian Exum Clement
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.12
Biography of Lillian Exum Clement, the first woman elected to the North Carolina General Assembly.
Format: article
Liberation and deliberation: The North Carolina ratification debates of 1788
This lesson focuses on the deliberations over ratification of the US Constitution by the North Carolina legislators. In particular it traces the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-federalists found in the primary sources digitized in the Documenting the American South collection.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Mark Laskowski.
African Americans get the vote in eastern North Carolina
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.9
After the Civil War, African American communities in eastern North Carolina, having already tasted freedom during the war, were ready to fight for political rights.
Format: article
Conservative opposition
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 10.2
Newspaper editorial attacking the Reconstruction-era Republican majority in North Carolina as incompetent and corrupt. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
A capital in the "wilderness"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 1.3
In 1792, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to place a permanent state capital in Wake County. Joel Lane sold 1,000 acres of land to the state, and in the years that followed, the city of Raleigh was planned and built.
Format: article
Reconstruction in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.3
Brief history of events in North Carolina following the Civil War, 1866–1876.
Format: article
The Speaker Ban controversy
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.4
Resolution by the student legislature at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1966, against tbe state ban on campus speakers with ties to communisim. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity seven
In this activity for grades 7–12, students take on the role of legislators who must make a decision concerning the passage of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Students will evaluate the impact of emotional appeal in persuasion. This activity builds on information learned in activities one through six.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Regulating hog farms
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.5
Newspaper article about efforts by North Carolina legislators in 1995 to regulate large hog farms and the waste they produce. Includes historical background.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Branching out into politics: The structure of federal and state government
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.4
In this lesson plan for grade eight, students learn how the three branches of the U.S. government work together to accomplish their goals at the federal and state level.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
Plans for democracy
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.12
Instructions to delegates from Orange County, North Carolina, to the Provinicial Congress in November 1776, about what sort of state constitution they should support. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
Political parties in the United States, 1788–1840
Timeline and explanation of the development of political parties in the early national period. Includes a sidebar about parties in North Carolina.
Format: article
The Equal Rights Amendment
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.6
Oral history interview with activist Martha McKay about the ERA's defeat in North Carolina. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
How the twenties roared in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.2
Brief history of North Carolina during the 1920s, when growth in cities, industry, and commerce changed people's lives -- though not always for the better.
Format: article
By Elizabeth Gillespie McRae.
The impact of hog farms
In Recent North Carolina, page 4.4
Newspaper article about a 1995 spill of hog waste into the New River in southeastern North Carolina. Includes historical background.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Archibald Murphey calls for better inland navigation
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.7
Excerpt from Archibald Murphey’s Report to the Committee on Inland Navigation in which he calls for the government to invest in the state’s internal transportation system as a way to break their dependency on neighboring states and to increase land values, population and state revenue.
Format: report/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
The Mexican-American War
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.2
Brief history of the war between Mexico and the United States (1846–48) and the expansion of the U.S. under President James Polk.
Format: article
Jim Hunt
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.2
Biography of Jim Hunt, North Carolina's longest-serving governor (1977–1985 and 1993–2001).
Format: article/primary source