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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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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
A memorial honoring North Carolinians who were killed in the Vietnam War. Each name is engraved in a free-standing monolith in a 230-foot wide basin scooped out of the earth.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina women and the Progressive Movement
In this lesson, students read primary source documents from Documenting the American South specifically related to North Carolina women involved in reform movements characteristic of the Progressive era. For the most part, these documents detail women's work in education-related reform and describe the creation of schools for women in the state. They also demonstrate that, as was true in the rest of the nation, the progressive, female reformers of N.C. were segregated based on race and socio-economic status.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Map of North Carolina railroads, 1854
Map of North Carolina railroads, 1854
Map depicts North Carolina roads and railroads, including the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, the North Carolina Railroad, the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad, and the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. "Coalfields" are...
Format: image/map
Distribution of land and slaves
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 1.1
In this activity, students analyze census data and maps to understand the distribution of land, wealth, and slaves in antebellum North Carolina.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Polk Memorial (NC Historic Site)
A congressman for the state of Tennessee and President of the United States, James K. Polk was a native of the state of North Carolina. This historic site celebrates his life and accomplishments.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Where in North Carolina is... ? Teaching latitude and longitude
In North Carolina maps, page 1.5
In this lesson, students will learn about the concepts of latitude and longitude by locating the birthplaces of famous people from North Carolina and describing the location in absolute terms.
Format: lesson plan
By Jennifer Job.
Carson House
Pleasant Gardens was one of the earliest settlements in the area. It is home to the beautifully landscaped Carson House, a stagecoach inn built in the 1700s and now a pioneer history museum listed on the National Register.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Strategy lesson: KWL
This lesson activates students' prior knowledge about famous North Carolinians and helps them organize thoughts and questions before they read biographies.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Alisa McAlister, Sherry French, and Harnetha Hudgins.
"Can the very spirit of freedom die out?"
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.15
Diary of Catherine Anne Devereux Edmondston, May 7, 1865, bemoaning the Confederate surrender. Includes historical commentary.
Format: diary/primary source
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.
All hail to thee, thou good old state
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.8
A poem by Mary Bayard Devereux Clarke, North Carolina writer and editor, written in 1854. Includes historical commentary.
Format: poetry/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Inventions in the tobacco industry
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.6
Several inventions made the tobacco industry so highly profitable in the late nineteenth century, including machines for tying strings on bags and for rolling cigarettes.
Format: bibliography
Levi Coffin and the Underground Railroad
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 1.5
A brief history of the Underground Railroad, an informal connection of people and homes across the United States that helped fugitive slaves reach safety in the North and elsewhere. Includes a discussion of the role of North Carolina native Levi Coffin.
Format: book
By L. Maren Wood.
North Carolina as a Civil War battlefield, May 1862–November 1864
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.1
Summary of military operations in North Carolina during the middle three years of the war, including the Confederate raid on Goldsboro, Potter's Raid, the Battle of Plymouth, and the sinking of the CSS Albemarle.
Format: article
North Carolinians debate secession
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 1.4
Quotations from North Carolinians supporting and opposing secession in 1860–61. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
"Land and Work in Carolina" teaching strategies
A variety of suggested activities for use with an article that explains the key elements of feudalism, with a focus on how those elements evolved into the systems of labor and land ownership seen in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Populists, fusionists, and white supremacists: North Carolina politics from Reconstruction to the Election of 1898
In North Carolina in the New South, page 7.2
After Reconstruction, Conservatives (later Democrats) reversed many of the gains Republicans had made while in power. In the 1890s, the new People's (or Populist) Party joined with Republicans in a "fusion" campaign that briefly won control of the state government.
Format: article
By Nicholas Graham.
Occupations in 1860
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.2
List of occupations reported by North Carolinians in the Census of 1860. Includes historical commentary.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Does my vote count? Understanding the Electoral College
In Election 2012, page 4.2
This tutorial for students explains how the electoral college works, the origins and development of the electoral college as some controversial elections, and how much any one vote actually "weighs" in an election. Readings and activities are included.
Format: tutorial