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.

National political parties
In Election 2012, page 1.2
Information about the two major political parties in the United States as well as independent parties.
Format: bibliography
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Wealth in the United States, 1870
Format: image/map
Martin Luther King, Jr. Online Visitor Information Center
Maintained by the National Park Service this web page is useful for anyone planning a trip to the King historic site in Atlanta, GA or interested in the life of the civil rights leader.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The growth of cities
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.4
Cities grew rapidly after the Civil War, in North Carolina as across the United States. But the great majority of North Carolina's population remained rural. This article includes maps and tables of census data.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
French colonization and Vietnam wars
Photographs and text tell the story of Vietnam under French colonial rule, its experience during twentieth-century wars with France and the United States, and its recent liberalization.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Framed by a palm frond, this photograph shows the dramatic explosion of the destroyer, U.S.S. Shaw, and the billowing smoke over the island.
Format: image/photograph
Second Bank of the United States
Second Bank of the United States
The Second Bank of the United States was chartered in 1816. The Greek Revival structure in Philadelphia was built between 1819 and 1824, and is today part of Independence National Historical Park.
Format: image/photograph
Physiographic diagram of the United States, 1954
Physiographic diagram of the United States, 1954
Legend reads "Physiographic Diagram, Erwin Raisz, 1954." Map shows state boundaries with mountains and bodies of water. Note that Alaska and Hawaii are not shown because they did not become states until 1959.
Format: image/map
North Carolina secedes
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 1.7
Ordinance of secession passed by a convention of delegates from North Carolina counties on May 20, 1861. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Into the postwar era
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.8
This newsreel, released December 10, 1945, shows happy Americans preparing for Christmas -- mainly, by shopping. But in the segment that follows, General Dwight Eisenhower, now Army Chief of Staff, warns viewers that the United States still has military commitments around the world.
Format: newsreel
The Bill of Rights
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 6.7
The text of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, with historical commentary.
Format: constitution/primary source
Capitalism and commerce
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 4
In 1986, as the Cold War was ending, Vietnam began a series of market and social reforms, working to normalize its relations with the United States and open the country for tourism, which developed in the 1990s. Note that apartments, some with balconies, are...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge delivers his inaugural address in 1925. Calvin Coolidge was vice-president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding, and stepped into the presidency in 1923 upon Harding's death. A year later, he was elected to the office.
Format: image/photograph
National political parties
In Election 2008, page 1.2
Information about the two major political parties in the United States as well as independent parties.
Format: bibliography
The United States and territories in 1850
The United States and territories in 1850
Format: image/map
Propaganda and public opinion in the First World War
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.6
The United States produced more propaganda posters than any other nation during World War I. A slideshow uses a small sample of these posters to highlight some of the themes of American involvement in the war.
Format: slideshow
World War II on the home front: Rationing
During World War II, the United States asked citizens at home to cut back on food, fuel, shoes, and consumer goods and to turn in scrap metal, rubber, paper, and even used cooking grease for recycling. Photographs, posters, and artifacts tell the story.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)