K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Cause and effect
Students will identify and interpret cause and effect as expressed in poetry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Rochelle Mullis.
Poetry through music: "Smooth"
This lesson draws students into a study of poetry, using Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas' "Smooth" as an entry point.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Andrea Belletti.
Solving problems using simple machines
This lesson uses the familiar story of the three pigs and the big bad wolf to explore how the wolf could have used simple machines to catch the three pigs. By reading, analyzing, and evaluating the wolf's use of simple machines in The 3 Pigs and the Scientific Wolf by Mary Fetzer, the students will design and justify their own machine to help the wolf catch those pigs!
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Science)
By Allison Buckner and Maria Tanner.
"Home folks and neighbor people"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.4
This page is an excerpt from Horace Kephart's book Our Southern Highlanders, about the relationships between the people of the North Carolina mountains and their natural environment. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.

Resources on the web

Poems that tell a story: Narrative and persona in the poetry of Robert Frost
In this lesson from EDSITEment, students read, discuss, and analyze selected poems by Robert Frost. The activities that make up this lesson encourage students to draw inferences about a poem's speaker based on evidence contained within the poem and to gather... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: EDSITEment
Robert Frost prompts the poet in you
After introducing students to Robert Frost’s autobiographical information, the teacher challenges students to predict the topic and themes that Frost’s poetry might cover. Then students read “The Pasture,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy... (Learn more)
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts)
Provided by: ReadWriteThink
Poet's Corner
Read the poems and biographies of such notable poets as Walt Whitman, Dante Alighieri, John Donne, Edgar Allan Poe, and many others. Take a quiz to test your poetry knowledge and learn how to look at a poem critically. Not enough? This site includes links... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Gale Group Inc. 2000