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


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World Trade Center North Tower, Sept. 11, 2001
World Trade Center North Tower, Sept. 11, 2001
Smoke pours out of the North Tower of the World Trade Center after being struck by an airplane during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Format: image/photograph
The Walter L. Stasavich Science and Nature Center at River Park North
This park with its new nature center is a fun place for students to go and learn about the indigenous species of eastern North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Global education as good pedagogy
A wide variety of teaching strategies and resources pass under the name of global education. This article provides strategies for evaluating global education and ensuring that it focuses on students' academic success.
By Suzanne Gulledge.
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
Gay life
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.8
Interview with a gay man about his experiences living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the 1950s. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Reaching Latinos through social studies
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 4.1
Teachers can help immigrant students feel more comfortable in the classroom by basing social studies lessons on students' own knowledge and backgrounds.
By Paul Fitchett.
The George Moses Horton Project: Celebrating a triumph of literacy
The only American poet to publish books of poems while living in slavery, George Moses Horton is an inspiration for the power of literacy in our lives.
By Marjorie Hudson.
Working together to get writing right
Philosophical and practical reasons to support writing across the curriculum in high schools. A WebQuest for teachers.
Format: article
By Kim Bowen.
"Der Handschuh" by Friedrich Schiller
Students will have the opportunity to explore the poem, “Der Handschuh,” through shared reading, shared writing, and phonemic strategies that lead to fluency and comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Thomas Skinner.
Scottish heritage at Linville
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.12
A Scottish heritage revival took place in North Carolina in the 1950s, with Linville as its epicenter.
Format: essay
By Celeste Ray.
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.7
History of the Watergate scandal that ended in President Richard Nixon's resignation from office.
Format: article
Children's literature promotes understanding
Bibliotherapy and critical literacy are two ways to use books to help children better understand themselves, others, and the world around them. This article explains both strategies and provides resources for selecting appropriate books.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Critical literacy
Critical literacy is the ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships. This article outlines the history and theory of critical literacy and details its application in the classroom.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.
The United States in the 1990s
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.5
A brief history of the United States in the 1990s, including the 1992 presidential election, Bill Clinton's presidency, globalization, the congressional elections of 1994, the rise of the information economy, and post-Cold War foreign relations.
Format: book

Resources on the web

September 11: Bearing Witness to History
A collection of September 11 related objects and stories behind them. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History
Witness and Response: September 11 Aquisitions at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress's collection of historical materials from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The collection includes an abundance of original material including prints, photographs, drawings, poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions,... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
As a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brought together faculty, students, and administrators to form a planning group to “review the University's resources in Middle East Studies and to chart... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Genesis Search for Origins
Learn about NASA's Genesis Mission and the quest to find out more about the beginning of the solar system. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
Friendship Through Education
A safe and secure place for students to interact with other students from countries throughout the world. (Learn more)
Format: website/general