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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A Tale of Two Cities
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.4
Film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1946 about the atomic bomb and its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Includes footage of the explosions, a tour of the cities afterward, and discussions of the weapons' impact. Historical commentary and viewing questions are provided.
Format: video
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Living with the bomb
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 8.8
After the Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1948, the U.S. Government produced civil defense films explaining the true nature of atomic bombs and demonstrating techniques for surviving an atomic attack. This article includes two civil defense films, film of the first hydrogen bomb test, and a Life magazine article about a honeymoon in a bomb shelter.
Format: exhibit
By David Walbert.
Statement by the President announcing the use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.3
Public statement by President Harry Truman announcing the use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, Japan, and explaining the new weapon to the American people and to the world. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
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
The Cold War in the 1950s
In Postwar North Carolina, page 1.5
An overview of the Cold War during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, including the rise of McCarthyism.
Format: article
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The science and technology of World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 5.3
For all the role of science, mathematics, and new inventions in earlier wars, no war had as profound an effect on the technologies of our current lives than World War II. And no war was as profoundly affected by science, math, and technology than World War II. This article looks at some of the key technologies developed.
Format: article
By Dr. David Mindell.
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)