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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ChronoZoom: Teaching history through technology
ChronoZoom is an online tool that shows how time is both horizontal and vertical, meaning that multiple events are taking place at the same time in different places, impacting one another. These lesson plans demonstrate how teachers might use this tool.
By Helen Avis.
Time travelers: Using ChronoZoom to teach historical understanding
LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by Microsoft Research to build an interactive teaching companion to their new online tool called ChronoZoom. As a visualization tool, ChronoZoom allows students to see big history—that...
Family History in the Classroom
In this enhanced digital textbook, nine educators share how they used family history in their classrooms to increase engagement and build empathy.
The Lumbee: Who are they?
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.6
Introduction This activity for middle school grades allows students to survey the various theories concerning the ancestry of the Lumbee. Students will read and analyze four threads that seek to chronicle the ancestry of North Carolina’s largest...
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Gazelia Carter.
From documents to digitization
To design a research project using primary sources from the Web, you'll need to know what's out there and how to find it. This article explains what's available, why, and where.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Cherokee language recordings
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 3.4
While many North Carolina students have heard languages from some parts of the world spoken in the context of their daily lives – Spanish, French, or Chinese, for example – they may not have heard American Indian languages and, as a result, do not know...
Format: bibliography/teacher's guide
By Myrtle Driver, Kevin Norris, and Kathryn Walbert.
American Indians
A guide to some of the best resources for teaching about American Indians, including lesson plans, articles, websites, and field trip opportunities.
Format: bibliography/help
Transatlantic Teacher Scholars – American Battle Monuments Commission
LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by the American Battle Monuments Commission to build an interactive teaching companion to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun, France. This team will explore ways to unlock the narrative stories and trends...

Resources on the web

Making of America
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, 1850 -1877. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Michigan, Humanities Text Initiative
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
A collection of images and descriptions from a variety of collections focusing on the slave trade and slavery in the Americas. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library
Rome Reborn
Fly through ancient Rome by visiting this site which captures Rome at its height of development - A.D. 320. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Medicine and Madison Avenue
This site supported by Duke University Libraries Digital Collection "A database of over 600 advertisements and historical documents dated between 1911 and 1958, relating to the creation and influence of health-related advertising." (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Duke University
North By South
Culture, traditions, history and impact of the communities resulting from the 1900-1960 African-American migrations from south to north. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Kenyon College
Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World
Explore Southern textile mills from their beginnings to the 1930s, drawing largely on the perspectives of mill workers themselves. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Ibiblio