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.

Thomas Day chairs
Thomas Day chairs
Wooden chairs made by the famous North Carolina furniture maker Thomas Day.
Format: image/photograph
Thomas Day statue
Thomas Day statue
Statue of famous North Carolina furniture maker Thomas Day at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Day, a free black man, moved to Caswell County in 1825 at the age of 24, and quickly became one of the area's most respected and productive furniture...
Format: image/photograph
Thomas Day
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.4
Biography of Thomas Day, a free African American in antebellum Caswell County who was North Carolina's most famous furniture craftsman and cabinetmaker.
Format: article
Milton Presbyterian Church interior
Milton Presbyterian Church interior
Interior of Milton Presbyterian Church in Milton, North Carolina, built in 1837. The pews were made by the famous furniture maker Thomas Day, whose shop was located nearby. Day and his wife Aquilla, who were African American, were permitted to sit in the pews...
Format: image/photograph
Indian Cabinetmakers in Piedmont North Carolina
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.5
Thomas Day, a well-known African American cabinetmaker in North Carolina, worked and socialized with members of the American Indian community, who often faced the same types of racial discrimination as free blacks. Historical evidence suggests that Uriah and Nathan Jeffreys, cabinetmakers of American Indian origins, were Day’s close friends and may have worked with him at one time.
Format: article
By Patricia Phillips Marshall.
Excerpt from Uncle Tom Jones slave narrative
Thomas H. Jones was born into slavery near Wilmington, North Carolina. He lived on a plantation until about 1815, when he was sold to a Wilmington storekeeper. Later, as a free man, he moved to the North and played a vocal role in the antislavery movement in the 1850s and 1860s. In this excerpt from his memoir, Jones describes some of his experiences as a slave.
Format: book
Excerpts from James Curry slave narrative
James Curry was born into slavery around 1815 in Person County, North Carolina. In these excerpts from his memoir, he descrbies his mother's experiences as a slave and reflects on the differences between slave labor and paid labor.
Format: book
David Fanning and the Tory War of 1781
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.10
During the American Revolution, Patriots and Loyalists fought in the North Carolina backcountry. In 1781, David Fanning, commanding the Loyalist forces of five counties, terrorized residents of the Piedmont.
Format: article
Rock Springs Camp Meeting
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.6
The Rock Springs Camp Meeting in Denver, North Carolina, traces its origins to 1794, and has been held annually since the early 1800s.
Format: article
Nathaniel Macon
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 1.4
Biography of Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), North Carolina political leader from Warren County.
Format: biography
Graphically organize a biography
This lesson is a good ending to a unit on biographies. The students will work together in small groups to create a poster that displays the information from a biography in a graphic organizer.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Ellen Benton.
A call for independence
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 3.9
After the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina's fourth Provincial Congress met at Halifax in April 1776, and resolved that the colony's delegates to the Continental Congress should support a move to declare independence.
Format: article
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Desegregating hospitals
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.7
Interiew with a black dentist who joined a 1963 lawsuit against the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro for refusing to accept African American patients or to hire African American doctors. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Diary of a farm wife
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 3.3
April 1854 Page from Penelope Alderman diary. Mond. 3. Wove some. Mr. A. ploughing and...
Format: diary/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
North Carolina and the women's suffrage amendment
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 4.10
Article tells the story of the political battle in North Carolina over ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
Format: article
Thomas Wolfe
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.6
Brief biography of Thomas Wolfe, novelist from Asheville, North Carolina.
Format: biography
Cary's Rebellion
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.1
Because North Carolina permitted religious freedom, Quakers made up a large portion of the colony's early population and were heavily represented in its government. A division opened in the colony between the Quaker party and supporters of the Church of England, and disputes between the two sides led to violence in 1710–1711.
Format: book
Henry Ford and the Model T
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.9
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.4
Short biography of Henry Ford explains how he revolutionized manufacturing by using a continuous moving assembly line. Includes a film from the Henry Ford Estate showing how the Model T worked.
Format: article
Mummy madness
This is a lesson for seventh grade Social Studies students to learn and demonstrate the mummification process used in ancient Egypt.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Jo Oliver.