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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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The Korean War
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.3
The Korean War (1948–1953), the first military conflict of the Cold War, pitted the U.S. and its allies against the Soviet Union and other communist nations.
Format: article
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Interstate Highway System
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.2
Planning for an improved national system of highways had begun during the Depression, but it was not until 1956 that President Eisenhower called for a "modern, interstate highway system."
Format: article
Adapted by David Walbert.
Asian action I: Character details
Students will use drawing and writing to study characters in Asian art, focusing on the potential stories hinted at by the many details depicted in the art examples. This lesson draws on the richly detailed and expressive human and animal characters depicted in the arts of Asia. Is there a reason why Durga has so many arms? What about Ganesha and that elephant head?
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Visual Arts Education, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
The Cold War: An overview
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.1
A brief history of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union, 1945–1991.
Format: article
Vietnam: Educator's guide
A guide for K–12 teachers to teaching about Vietnam using LEARN NC's slideshows, with a focus on the question Why should we care about Vietnam?
Format: article/teacher's guide
By Steve Goldberg.
The presidency of George H. W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.4
A brief history of the United States from 1989 to 1993, including the end of the Cold War and the Persian Gulf War.
Format: book
Immigration in U.S. history
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.5
Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihoods in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country.
Format: article
The war on terror and the presidency of George W. Bush
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.6
A brief history of the United States in the first decade of the 21st century, largely focusing on the events of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.
Format: book
Individual and family comparisons
Through a series of six activities, this lesson plan will help first-grade students to explore similarities and differences between individuals and families.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Social Studies)
By Julia R. Foote.
The 2004 presidential election in historical context
Historian William E. Leuchtenburg talks about past presidential elections and how the 2004 election fits or defies precedents.
By Kathryn Walbert.
The Reagan years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.3
A history of the United States during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981–89), including the rise of conservatism, economic issues, and relations with the Soviet Union.
Format: book

Resources on the web

Comparative economic systems
Students will compare several aspects of the economies of the United States, North Korea, and Chad. (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 and 10–12 Social Studies)
Provided by: National Council on Economic Education
North Carolina Teaching Asia Network/National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Provides seminars for educators who teach about Asia to learn more about the continent, its people, and culture. Their outreach program brings experts in the field to speak to students at North Carolina schools. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Educators for Social Responsibility
Contains lesson plans, links, special projects, and teacher guides on topics including current events, human rights, war, conflict resolution, building community, international conflict, understanding others, religion, and media literacy. Addresses many pertinent... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Educators for Social Responsibility
Exploring the Environment
Promotes science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship using these instructional resources. Find activities and learning modules for coral reefs, global climate change, the... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA