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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World War I propaganda posters
U.S. Government propaganda posters spelled out the reasons for American involvement in World War I and encouraged all Americans to help in the war effort.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Timeline of World War II, 1931–1941
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.2
Timeline of global events leading up to World War II and in the first two years of the conflict in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Format: timeline
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
The experiences of black soldiers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.4
This UNC-TV documentary looks at the experiences of black North Carolinians in World War II.
Format: documentary
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)
Mobilizing for war
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.6
The U.S. entry into World War II required rapid and massive buildup of the armed forces and industrial production to supply the war effort. this page includes a clip from a documentary produced by the U.S. Government in 1942 showing scenes of wartime production.
Format: documentary
World War II dead and missing from North Carolina
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.7
More than 8,500 North Carolinians who served in World War II did not return. The National Archives has made available the complete lists of war casualties published in 1946.
Format: article
World War I political debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.7
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will use their knowledge of World War I to debate whether Germany should have paid reparations following the war.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.
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
War bonds
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.10
The United States Government spent some $300 billion during World War II -- more than $4 trillion in today's money. Most of that money had to be borrowed. To finance the war, the government issued savings bonds.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
This course will explore some of the best resources available for learning and teaching about World War I and World War II and provide teachers with the opportunity to create and share ideas for classroom instruction.
Format: article/online course
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Timeline of World War II: 1942–1945
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.2
Timeline of World War II after U.S. entry into the war, divided by European theater, Pacific theater, and home front.
Format: timeline
Victory over Japan
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.5
Article about Japan's surrender to Allied forces, ending World War II. Includes a radio news broadcast.
Format: article
Pearl Harbor (from World at War)
Clip from a film produced by the U.S. Government to educate Americans about the war.
Format: video/video
World War II C ration
World War II C ration
A selection of United States military C-rations from the World War II era.
Format: image/photograph
World War II radar
World War II radar
SCR-584 radar in operation during World War II in Palau.
Format: image/photograph
Cost of living 1918, 1944 / Price control began here
Cost of living 1918, 1944 / Price control began here
Government-produced poster compares rising prices in World War I with the success of price controls in World War II.
Format: image/poster
Wayne County Museum
Students will learn about the history of Wayne County as well as the influence of historic events on the people and way of life in the area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Wartime Wilmington
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.7
Oral history interview with a native of Wilmington and World War II veteran, describing the transformation of his home town during World War II. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.