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Slave house door, Stagville Plantation
Slave house door, Stagville Plantation
Door of a slave house at Horton Grove at Historic Stagville, North Carolina. Paul Cameron ordered these slave houses to be built in 1850 in hopes of improving the health of those who had been living in poorly-constructed, leaky, dirt-floored cabins on the...
Format: image/photograph
A child's day: Vietnam
In this lesson plan, students listen to audio recordings from Vietnam and discuss what life may be like for the children heard in the recordings. Students discuss topics including school, cross-cultural similarities, and child labor.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Kristin Post.
Exterior of slave house, Stagville Plantation
Exterior of slave house, Stagville Plantation
Exterior view of a slave house at Horton Grove at Historic Stagville, North Carolina. Paul Cameron ordered these slave houses to be built in 1850 in hopes of improving the health of those who had been living in poorly-constructed, leaky, dirt-floored cabins...
Format: image/photograph
Fast food frolics
Students will research nutritional guides from local fast food restaurants. Based on this research, students will compare menus for nutritional values and create healthy and unhealthy meal advertisement posters.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Healthful Living)
By Lisa Pastor.
Great Barn exterior, Stagville Plantation
Great Barn exterior, Stagville Plantation
Exterior view of the Great Barn at Stagville Plantation, North Carolina. The Great Barn was built by enslaved people during the summer of 1860 and was originally used to house the plantation's mules. It is thought to be the largest agricultural building built...
Format: image/photograph
Great Barn interior, Stagville Plantation
Great Barn interior, Stagville Plantation
Interior view of the Great Barn at Stagville Plantation, North Carolina. The Great Barn was built by enslaved people during the summer of 1860 and was originally used to house the plantation's mules. It is thought to be the largest agricultural building built...
Format: image/photograph
Pleading for corn
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.6
Letter from Emma A. Scoolbred of Haywood County, North Carolina, to Colonel Joseph Cathey, asking him for an ox and corn because food has become scarce. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Reading questions: Learning in colonial Carolina
This set of questions was designed to accompany an article about education in colonial North Carolina.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Vietnamese woman sings to child
During a multi-day tour of Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island tourists are often herded from bus to motorboat to bus to paddle boat to hiking and back to the bus. I recorded this song, which I consider a lullaby, on a boat ride up the river to a swimming hole. You...
Format: audio
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.
Math in the White House
This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer, Missy Colborn, Kathy Hale, Kim Roberson, and Emily White.
Wall-to-wall project-based learning: A conversation with biology teacher Kelley Yonce
This article explains the process of project-based learning (PBL) as it is practiced by Kelley Yonce, a high-school biology teacher who uses PBL throughout the school year. Concrete guidelines for a DNA project are included, as well as rubrics, assessment criteria, and other relevant documents.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Multicultural cross-grade level unit plan
This unit of study integrates reading, writing, math, and social studies. It is designed to help first and third grade students relate to other cultures of the world. They will understand and compare the similarities and differences of children, families, and communities in different times and places. They will analyze religious and other cultural traditions. They will apply basic geographic concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–3 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By Shirley Young.
Industrialization in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.7
Industrialization needed five things -- capital, labor, raw materials, markets, and transportation -- and in the 1870s, North Carolina had all of them. This article explains the process of industrialization in North Carolina, with maps of factory and railroad growth.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Kathmandu neighborhood children sing
Diwali is the "festival of lights" that is celebrated by Hindus in either October or November. Like Christmas or Thanksgiving, this is a time to enjoy with families and friends. The holiday also celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and is associated with...
Format: audio
Three men sitting at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam
Three men sitting at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam
Three young men in long pants and T-shirts sit on red plastic stools at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. A woman wearing a headscarf stands nearby beside a rack of items for sale. She carries a plastic bag of goods and is either another...
Format: image/photograph
Mrs. Eugene Puckett of Clayton and family eating a meal
Mrs. Eugene Puckett of Clayton and family eating a meal
In this black and white photograph a family of five is seating around a small table in the kitchen eating a meal. Mr. and Mrs. Puckett sit across from each other. He has his hair slicked back and wears overalls. Although Mrs. Puckett sits with her back to...
Format: image/photograph
Introduction
Twenty years after the Lost Colony disappeared, in 1607, the English established another colony 150 miles up the coast at Jamestown. This Virginia colony, too, faced unexpected difficulties -- food shortages, disease, native peoples who were less than thrilled...
Bridging language barriers
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.3
How schools can ease the transition for Latino immigrant students.
Format: article
By Regina Cortina.
Industrialization and Progressive Reform in the Craft Revival
In this lesson plan, originally published on the Craft Revival website, students will analyze the process of making a hobby into a job. They will explore Craft Revival work environments, representations of industrial work environments, and data regarding Craft Revival work. To close the activity, students write a journal entry comparing Craft Revival and industrial work experiences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Patrick Velde.