K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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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.
oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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African American Cultural Complex
Originally named Black Heritage Park, the African American Cultural Complex celebrates the outstanding contributions made by African-Americans.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
Part of the non-profit Partnership for the Sounds organization, the center provides information on environmental stewardship for coastal North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
YMI Cultural Center
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers. It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Outer Banks History Center
Visit the Outer Banks History Center and view exhibits and attend programs which pertain to North Carolina and the Outer Banks area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Belmont Historical Society Cultural and Heritage Learning Center
Step back in time and learn about the history of Belmont, North Carolina through photographs, artifacts and other exhibits.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Haliwa-Saponi Cultural Exchange Day
Take part in the Haliwa-Saponi Cultural Exchange Day and learn about the Haliwa-Saponi culture while taking workshops in making traditional pottery, baskets, beadwork and soap.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with “over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers.” It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
West Point on the Eno
This park offers environmental and historical programs for K-12 students in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives
In this lesson, students will evaluate and critique authors' perspectives. Students will read two first-person narratives and analyze how each text is influenced by its author's cultural background.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
There is a rich history of forestry in North Carolina. Visit the NC Museum of Forestry and connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Coharie Indian Tribe Cultural Powwow
Celebrate Coharie Indian culture at the annual powwow held in September near Clinton, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Historic Yates Mill County Park
The centerpiece of this 574-acre historical and environmental park is Yates Mill - Wake County's last remaining gristmill.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Traveling through Africa
Students will plan a one-week, three country trip through Africa and create a travelogue of places they will visit. The students will create an electronic scrapbook of highlights of the trip (including cultural highlights, historical points of interest, geographic features, etc.)
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Ren Bryan.
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
Slavery in North Carolina
The resources on this page are designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore the history of slavery in North Carolina by reading slave narratives. Through these lessons, students will analyze the cultural background and the daily life of the authors of these narratives.
Format: lesson plan
The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
Take students on a guided walking tour through Hillsborough's historic district and go inside the Norwood Law Office, the Orange County Historical Museum, the Burwell School Historic Site, and the Hughes Academy. Along the way they will also see the Old Orange County Courthouse, historic churches, cemeteries, colonial and antebellum homes, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
An American hero: Harriet Tubman
In this lesson, the school librarian and classroom teacher should work together to teach students about the life of Harriet Tubman in recognition of African-American History and Cultural Heritage Month.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Information Skills and Social Studies)
By Floanna Long.
Historic Bethabara Park
An introduction to the stories that can be discovered at this historic site, including the story of the Moravians, the 1753 wilderness preserve, colonial agriculture, cultural history, the village of 1754, and more. This website features several images highlighting the historical gardens, the "people's house," and many other aspects of Bethabara.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Town Creek Indian Mound (NC Historic Site)
This site provided by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History contains information about visiting Town Creek, a section on Montgomery County and the vicinity, a Native American Cultural Synopsis, and a section on the Pee Dee Culture.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Raleigh: A Capital City
An itinerary for a tour of the capital of the Old North State. The site provides information and photographs for Raleigh's historic districts, architecture, parks and recreational areas, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity