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Racial discrimination in the Army
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.5
Interviews with African American veterans of World War II about their experiences as soldiers. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
A Bill to Prevent All Persons from Teaching Slaves to Read or Write, the Use of Figures Excepted (1830)
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.9
Law enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly, 1830. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
House from 1882 in Capitol Reef National Park
House from 1882 in Capitol Reef National Park
This is a house in Capitol Reef National Park that was built in 1882. Despite its tiny proportions, it was originally meant to house a family of twelve. The house is built from blocks of red sandstone. It has a wooden door, a shuttered window, and a squat...
Format: image/photograph
Stagville bricks
Stagville bricks
Bricks in the chimney of a slave house at Horton Grove at Historic Stagville, North Carolina. These bricks were made on-site by enslaved people. In order to maximize output the bricks were taken from their molds for firing in a kiln when not completely dry....
Format: image/photograph
Capital Area Visitor Information
Find information for scheduling a free comprehensive tour of many of Raleigh's cultural attractions and a description of the sites you can visit, including the State Capitol, the State Legislative Building, the Executive Mansion, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Teaching suggestions: African and African American storytelling
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about African and African American storytelling traditions in the context of American slavery. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Nepali folk song
It seemed that many Nepalis liked to sing traditional songs. In this recording, you can hear Tej, a local Pashupatinath singing a song with many different verses. You might also hear me talking with another Pashupatinath guide, Ajit. At one point, I interrupt...
Format: audio
The Lost Colony
In Sir Walter Raleigh and South America, page 3
Sir Walter Raleigh's brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, attempted to establish an English settlement in North America first. He made landfall in Nova Scotia and sailed down the coast, searching for possible settlement locations. His expedition met constant storms...
By William M. Wisser.
Bennehan House, Stagville Plantation
Bennehan House, Stagville Plantation
Exterior view of the Bennehan house at Stagville Plantation. This was the main plantation house on the property. The original 1.5-story structure is located at the right in these photos, and was built in 1787. The two-story addition at left was added in 1799....
Format: image/photograph
Creating an inclusive environment: Understanding feelings
The students will learn about feelings and how to get along with others in group situations. Students will discuss what makes a friend, how friends make each other feel, what friends do together and how to resolve differences between friends. They will identify the qualities of friendship.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Dianne Prohn.
Attributes by kids
This activity requires the student to demonstrate an understanding of classification, patterning, and seriation. The students will complete the project based on personal characteristics.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Bunnie R. Brewer.
The Quinceañera Celebration
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs from quinceañera celebrations. One of the most important...
Format: article
Cline Observatory
The Cline Observatory offers free programs for school groups that teach about our solar system.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ecological Marine Adventres (EMA) Children's Aquarium
This marine education center at Topsail Beach specializes in hands-on, in-the-field education adventures for children and families.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Railroads in Western North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.6
In the nineteenth century, Asheville, a crossroads for agriculture, became a destination for tourists, loggers, and miners. New railroads meet the needs of all these groups.
Format: article
Justifying inclusion
In Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, page 4
The following books, databases, and websites will help you justify including a work in your collection according to developmental needs and critical review. Books Nilsen, A. P. (2001). Stages of literary appreciation....
Format: article
By Will Cross and Kimberly Hirsh.
Three irrigation canals pass through rice fields in different stages of growth
Three irrigation canals pass through rice fields in different stages of growth
Three irrigation canals pass through rice fields in different stages of growth. The canals run parallel and vertically through the scene, bordered by low grassy dikes and flanked by rice fields to the left and right. Coconut palms and puffy white cluds are...
Format: image/photograph
Cherokee women
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 2.8
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.2
Before the arrival of Europeans in North America, women enjoyed a major role in the family life, economy, and government of the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee society was organized according to a matrilineal kinship system, and women were the heads of households. Women also did most of the farming and had a voice in government.
Format: article/primary source
By Theda Perdue.
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)
Funds of knowledge
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 2.1
Teachers can use "funds of knowledge," the knowledge students gain from their family and cultural backgrounds, to make their classrooms more inclusive.
Format: article
By Janet Kier Lopez.