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George Vanderbilt established the first agricultural operations at Biltmore to produce dairy products, meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables for use in Biltmore House. However, it was his hope that the estate would be self supporting, and by the mid-1890s,...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Deficit thinking
Teachers frequently attribute the academic struggles of English language learners to the students' inability or unwillingness to learn English, but this "deficit thinking" can better be replaced by a focus on what immigrant students bring to the classroom.
Format: article
By Buck Cooper.
Three weeks and counting: What winter break might really mean
In The First Year, page 2.9
Your students might not be looking forward to a break in their routine as much as you think.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Biltmore Dairy ice cream also played a leading role at estate gatherings — Cornelia’s birthday celebrations, Christmas parties, May Day festivities, and picnics. In fact, virtually every oral history interview or questionnaire containing childhood...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Marriage in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.6
In the colonial period, how and when people got married depended on whether they were indentured servants, slaves, free laborers, or wealthy people. Many marriages were informal and validated by the community rather than by a legal license.
Format: article
By L. Maren Wood.
Mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.4
Excerpt from D. A. Tompkins' 1899 textbook for cotton mill owners, explaining rationale and design for millworkers' housing. Includes photographs, plans, and historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Letter activity one
In Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity two, page 2
The following excerpt is from a letter from Mr. Sherlock Bronson, a lawyer and president of Virginia-Carolina Service Corporation, to the Honorable Graham Braden, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives. It was written March 16, 1939. The...
Format: lesson plan
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The life of a slave
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 3.1
Daily life for a slave in North Carolina was incredibly difficult. Slaves, especially those in the field, worked from sunrise until sunset. Even small children and the elderly were not exempt from these long work hours. Slaves were generally allowed a day...
Format: article
From rural Mexico to North Carolina
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.2
Most immigrants to North Carolina from Mexico come from rural areas, and it is valuable for teachers to understand these students' cultural backgrounds.
Format: article
By Regina Cortina.
The legend of Tsali
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.9
The story of a Cherokee man who resisted removal and founded the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legend/primary source
African American English
In this activity, students learn about the history of African American English and the meaning of dialect and linguistic patterns. Students watch a video about African American English and analyze the dialect's linguistic patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Hannah Askin.
Introduction to fact families: Addition (commutative property)
Students will "invent" their own examples that demonstrate the commutative property of addition through hands-on activities.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By William Krupicka.
A female raid
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.7
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.4
Newspaper coverage of a raid on local stores by Confederate soldier's wives in Salisbury, North Carolina on March 18, 1863. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Interstate highways from the ground up
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.3
NCDOT resident engineer Stan Hyatt lived in Madison County most of his life, and he loved hunting and exploring the mountain when he was younger. He helped design and build I-26, a project that meant the destruction of some of the environment where he grew up. He talks about the costs and benefits of highway construction in this interview.
Format: interview
By Kristin Post.
Mathematics Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 4.3
Common Core State Standards Counting and Cardinality Critical Understandings: number names, count sequence, comparing numbers Counting Fun (Grade K)...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Eva B. Hopkins oral history excerpt
Eva B. Hopkins was born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina and began working in Mercury Cotton Mill full time in 1932 at age 14 to support her father, who had tuberculosis. Like many mill workers, her family had left their small farm in the mountains of...
Format: audio/interview
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.
The importance of collaboration
The success of a deaf student in an inclusive classroom is dependent upon the contributions of a number of people, including the classroom teacher, the student, the teacher of the deaf, the student’s family members, school administrators, and the interpreter....
Format: video/video
Perspectives on school desegregation: Fran Jackson
In Postwar North Carolina, page 4.11
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.6
Interview with a woman who attended all-black schools in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the town's first integrated high school, about her experiences. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Live at Home Program
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.7
The Live At Home program, established during the Great Depression, helped North Carolinians to grow food to support themselves and to sell surplus food at local farmers markets. This 1936 report includes historical background and commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.