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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cultural capital
Cultural assets (beyond the economic) such as family background and commitment to education that contribute to an individual's or group's position in society and achievement in education.

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Center for Diversity Education
The CDE is entirely curriculum-focused to assist teachers in embedding a knowledge base of many peoples into the daily content of the classroom in grades K-12. It is the mission of CDE to prepare all students with the necessary skills to maintain a pluralistic democracy in an increasingly complex and diverse nation and world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools
These articles provide background on Latino immigrants in North Carolina, administrative challenges in binational education, and strategies through which teachers can build on what Latino students bring to their classrooms to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The sounds of prayer in Southeast Asia
This minilesson uses audio recordings of the prayers of three different religions as an introduction to the cultural diversity of Southeast Asia.
Format: lesson plan
By David Walbert.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Contains information about various cultural, natural, and recreational resources located along this beautiful and historical roadway.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
When teachers don't understand
Teaching should be informed not only by the content of the discipline but also by the lives of the students.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Social Studies Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.3
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: understanding change over time, narrative nature of history, sources of history, historical thinking, North Carolina history, United States History My...
Format: article/teacher's guide
North Carolina's physical and cultural geography
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 1.3
In this lesson students will make assumptions about the influence of geography on various aspects of historical human and cultural geography.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Having had few opportunities to learn about Asia when they were in school, many teachers find themselves challenged when faced with teaching their own students about India. We've put together a variety of resources from our collections that will not only provide you with the background information you need to know about the history, culture, and religions of India, but will also furnish you with the professional materials you need to catch your students interest and teach effectively about this complex nation.
Format: bibliography/help
“ReOrienting the Veil" — A new online resource for teaching Islam
The ReOrienting the Veil website provides resources for teaching students about Muslim veiling practices in art, religion, and around the world.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Curriculum alignment
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.3
Here you will find ideas for aligning lessons that include LGBTQIA topics to both Common Core and NC Essential Standards.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Tourists and guides around the hearth
Tourists and guides around the hearth
In a lodge in Nayathanti, the evening meal is prepared by women while tourists and their guides warm themselves. The cultural diversity of Nepal has provided ample space for the growth of a number of cuisines based on the ethnic groups and the geographical...
Format: image/photograph
Africa is a diverse continent not only geographically but also culturally. These rich resources bring African art, history, traditions, folklore and much more into the classroom.
Format: bibliography/help
Play in the multilingual classroom
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 2.3
Unstructured play is an important way for young children to make social and cultural connections. It also fosters language development and literacy skills for both English language learners and native English speakers.
Format: article
By Kristin De Soto Madson.
Teaching contemporary Europe
We know how to teach Europe’s past, but what about the present? This article offers strategies and resources for teaching today’s Europe, using online resources from the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Greeting your limited English proficient students in their own language
Even a simple "Hello" or "How are you today?" can help to integrate a student into a new environment. This article offers strategies and tools for teachers wishing to learn a few words of a new language.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
South America
From the ancient civilizations to the Spanish Conquistadors to the present day, the countries of South America have a rich history. These are a sampling of the resources that can be found on LEARN NC to use in teaching students about the people, cultures, and geography of this continent.
Format: bibliography/help
Around the world, a multicultural unit
The students will listen to stories from different cultures. They will participate in directed discussion, followed by a related art activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts, Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Judy Cliver.
Teaching world cultures
According to the new Professional Teaching Standards, every North Carolina teacher must promote global awareness in classroom instruction. This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Why study a foreign language?
Foreign language study enhances academic skills, raises SAT scores, and prepares students for careers.
By Bernadette Morris.
The middle school challenge for English language learners of Mexican origin
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 3.2
English language learners of Mexican origin face numerous challenges in American middle schools, including cultural segregation and assumptions made by schools regarding the students' educational backgrounds. This article offers strategies for educators to help students overcome those challenges.
Format: article
By Mary Faith Mount-Cors.