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Family on Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina
Family on Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina
Five generations of an African American family on Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
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.
The Shelton Laurel massacre
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.9
In 1862, Union sympathizers and Confederate deserters from Madison County, North Carolina, raided farms to steal food and supplies. In response, the 64th North Carolina infantry rounded up fifteen men and executed all but two, though only five of the men killed had taken part in the raid.
Format: article
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)
The Lumbees face the Klan
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.8
In January 1958, the Ku Klux Klan burned crosses on the front lawns of two Indian families in Robeson County, North Carolina. In response, as many as a thousand Lumbees violently broke up a Klan meeting, and the Klan never again met publicly in Robeson County.
Format: article
Old Quarter Hanoi commercial street with pedestrian and motorcycle traffic
Old Quarter Hanoi commercial street with pedestrian and motorcycle traffic
Pedestrian and motorcycle traffic moves through a busy commercial street in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Stores advertise their wares on large signs mounted over the doors. Apartments, some with balconies, are built on the second floors. Often shopowners' families...
Format: image/photograph
4-H Club family in their garden
4-H Club family in their garden
In this black and white photograph, three members of the Sauls family, two older girls dressed in skirts and a young boy in overalls, are seen planting a field in Wake County, North Carolina. The boy is shown making holes in the soil with a hoe. One of the...
Format: image/article
Malaysian Muslim wedding ceremony
I lived with a Malaysian family for about two weeks. They invited me, a complete stranger to live in their house and attend their son's wedding. The wedding lasted for two days, and took place at both the groom's house and the bride's. Each family was responsible...
Format: audio
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.
Graphic organizer: The well-ordered family
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about children's duties toward their parents. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer questions about the reading passage.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Edith Vanderbilt's relationship with estate families
George Vanderbilt’s marriage to Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in June 1898 precipitated a special celebration when the Agricultural Department won a tug-of-war competition with nursery workers, foresters, and Biltmore House employees and received a “handsome...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity one
This activity for grades 3–6 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an adapted introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Where have we been? Tracing family through a timeline of national history
In this lesson, students are introduced to examples of how wars and technological developments have impacted the movement of people throughout United States and world history. Using a timeline, students will begin to connect historical events with the people they impacted. They will then investigate where their families fit into history in both time and place.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Social Studies)
Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Protestant pilgrims are shown on the deck of the ship Speedwell before their departure for the New World from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22, 1620. William Brewster, holding the Bible, and pastor John Robinson lead Governor Carver, William Bradford, Miles...
Format: image/painting
Classroom ideas
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.1
These are simple ideas for being inclusive and supportive in your classroom. They are applicable to all students, though we have included specific sections for transgender & intersex students, and students whose parents are LGBTQIA.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
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
Outhouse exterior, Stagville Plantation
Outhouse exterior, Stagville Plantation
Exterior view of an outhouse behind the Bennehan house, the main plantation house at Stagville Plantation. Stagville plantation is located in parts of what are now Orange, Durham, Wake, and Granville counties. Established in 1787 by the Bennehan and Cameron...
Format: image/photograph
Outhouse interior, Stagville Plantation
Outhouse interior, Stagville Plantation
Interior view of an outhouse behind the Bennehan house, the main plantation house at Stagville Plantation. Stagville plantation is located in parts of what are now Orange, Durham, Wake, and Granville counties. Established in 1787 by the Bennehan and Cameron...
Format: image/photograph
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.
Advertising new products
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.5
Advertisements from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries show new technologies, new tastes, and new ways of marketing goods to consumers.
Format: article
By David Walbert.