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The Montagnards
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.6
Background and history of the Montagnard people of Vietnam and the story of their immigration to North Carolina.
Format: book
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.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity six
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will read and evaluate primary source stories from the Federal Writer’s Project.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Mrs. Samuel Stayley, Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.
Mrs. Samuel Stayley, Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.
The Stayley family is shown in the kitchen of their home. The table is set and they look to have just finished a meal. The walls are covered with pages from magazines or newspapers, and there are pots and canned goods in view.
Format: image/photograph
“ottos mops” by Ernst Jandl
This lesson is designed for students to enjoy a short amusing poem, as well as refine their knowledge of short “o” and long “o” sounds, and use higher order thinking skills to analyze who or what otto and mops are.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Helga Fasciano.
Family gardening in rural North Carolina
This lesson for grade one uses a series of activities related to plants and gardening to help students learn about gardening, plant life, families, and making healthy choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living, Science, and Social Studies)
By Penny Willard.
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook, North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Mrs. Ethel Holsbrook and four children are pictured sitting on the front steps of their home. Mrs. Holsbrook is holding a bundle of tobacco bags, and there are more visible at her feet.
Format: image/photograph
Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. The classroom teacher, however, can play a critical role in supporting a deaf student's self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the...
Format: video/video
Family at Civil War encampment
Family at Civil War encampment
Family at an encampment of the 31st Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War in Washington, D.C., near Fort Slocum.
Format: image/photograph
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
Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.5
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, families throughout the tobacco-growing regions of North Carolina and Virginia earned much-needed income by sewing drawstrings into cotton tobacco bags. New Deal legislation intended to protect workers threatened to disrupt the livelihood of home workers, whose activities were largely unregulated. This article introduces a collection of primary sources about women who worked as tobacco bag stringers in the 1930s.
Format: article
Child labor
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 7.1
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.7
Slideshow Lewis Hine, photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, documented child labor across...
Format: article
The marriage of Rama and Sita
In The Ramayana, page 1.8
A royal pavilion scene on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows the wedding of Sita and Rama. On the central platform, Sita sits at the left and Rama at the right of a tall footed dish, designed to represent ceremonial foods on a mound of rice. Rama,...
By Lorraine Aragon.
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.
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
Mrs. Daisy Stamper
A large family, including several children, is pictured in front of a one-room house. A box of tobacco bags is visible in the photograph, as is the family laundry, drying on the line.
Format: image/photograph
Academies for boys and for girls
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.10
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.2
Various newspaper advertisements for academies or boarding schools in the Piedmont of North Carolina between 1838 and 1840. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Language families
In Intrigue of the Past, page 4.7
Students will identify and locate the three language families of contact period North Carolina and calculate the physical area covered by each language family.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 7–8 Mathematics and Social Studies)
Nepalese school
Nepalese school
The whitewashed building of a primary school in Kaalopaani en route from Ghasa to Tukche, Nepal. Formal Nepalese schools are often built with the help of foreign aid. An ever-increasing number of children go to school, although there are still many who cannot...
Format: image/photograph
"For What Is a Mother Responsible?"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 5.5
1845 newspaper editorial about a mother's responsibilities for her children's education and character. Includes historical commentary.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by Kathryn Walbert.
Life in the mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.3
By 1900, more than nine-tenths of textile workers lived in villages owned by the companies that employed them. Mill villages included stores, churches, and schools, but workers found ways to avoid too much dependence on their employers.
Format: article
By James Leloudis and Kathryn Walbert.