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Analyzing the songs of the Regulators
In this lesson plan, students read songs written by the Regulators -- protesters against high taxes in North Carolina's Piedmont just before the American Revolution. Students analyze the lyrics of the songs to determine the political, economic, and social concerns of the Regulators.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
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.
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
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
Teaching suggestions: A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina
Teaching suggestions designed to support students' understanding of a 17th-century primary source document — a pamphlet produced in London at the request of the Lords Proprietors describing the economic opportunity and religious freedom available to settlers in Carolina.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Social Studies Methods: 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.4
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: using historical thinking, expansion and decline of civilizations, modern societies, global interactions, North Carolina history, US history Name...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Presidents pathfinder
In Rethinking Reports, page 1.5
Presidents and the Presidency POTUS: Presidents of the United States This Internet Pubic Library site provides background information, election results, cabinet members,...
By Melissa Thibault.
North Carolina living through photos, then and now
Students will examine historical photographs of North Carolinians at work or in social settings. They will develop and share skills of “reading” photographs. Then they will use these skills to identify “historical clues” in a photo and draw their own version of the same person or people in North Carolina today.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Michael Sharp.
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
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
Exploring the 1835 NC Constitutional Convention
This internet scavenger hunt allows students to read the actual proceedings of the 1835 Constitutional Convention while they discover for themselves some of the significant amendments that were made. The activity also sets the foundation for class discussions about why the state Constitution was amended in 1835 and what impact the amendments had on religious groups, free blacks, and American Indians.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Barbara Jean.
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Learn about the heritage of the Town of Cary and see how it has grown from a railroad community to the city of today.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Carter years
In Recent North Carolina, page 1.1
Overview of United States history in the late 1970s, including economic troubles, the energy crisis, the Cold War, and the Iran hostage crisis.
Format: book
Waynesborough Historic Village
Visitors to this recreated village will feel as if the have stepped back in time. "Waynesborough's focus begins in 1701 with the first Tuscarora visit and ends in 1900 with a complete economic and social shift to Goldsboro."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Grade 4
In North Carolina Essential Standards: Social Studies, page 2.5
Fourth Grade is the first formal introduction to North Carolina, its ethnic diversity, its rich culture, the economic energy of its people, and its geographic regions. Fourth Grade students explore the social disciplines of its history, geography, civics and...
Connecting oral history to geography: The changes of Madison County
In North Carolina maps, page 2.4
In this lesson, students ground the story of a county in corresponding maps. Students will show an understanding of the geography surrounding an oral history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Comparing the New Deal with the 2009 Recovery Act
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.9
In this lesson plan, students learn about the programs enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the New Deal, as well as the programs enacted by Barack Obama during the 2009 Recovery Act. Students compare and contrast the programs.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
Pirates and economics
In this lesson, students will learn the basics of a market economy and how pirates impacted the economic system in colonial times. Students will read one Mini Page about the famous pirate Blackbeard and another about economics. Students will map out the colonial economic system to demonstrate their knowledge of both economics and pirates' interventions. At the end of the lesson, students will imagine they are colonists and write a letter to the governor either in support or in opposition to piracy. This allows students to utilize economic vocabulary in a variety of creative ways.
Format: lesson plan
By Summer Pennell.