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Hanuman courts Ravana's neice
In The Ramayana, page 4.5
A masked dancer wearing a monkey costume performs in a Hindu temple courtyard in Batubulan Village, Bali, during August 1986. The kneeling dancer wears a brown and black monkey head mask with long dark hair attached. His costume includes a spotted grey jumpsuit...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Southern women trailblazers
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about the changing role of women in American society, particularly in the south. By engaging in these activities, students will not only learn about women considered to be trailblazers in their time, but they will also think critically about traditional gender roles, women's roles in politics, academics, and professions, and the contributions of women to society.
Format: lesson plan
The Ramayana
The Hindu epic The Ramayana is retold through the mural, painting, and dance of Southeast Asia.
Format: book (multiple pages)
A forest hermit
In The Ramayana, page 2.4
The forest hermit's respected position as a wise sage is shown by his elevated position sitting on a stone platform at left. Rama, Laksman, and Sita kneel on the ground at right. The hermit holds a palm leaf fan on a long handle. The hermit's stone platform...
By Lorraine Aragon.
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.
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 history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Rama and Sita bathing in waterfall (Thai Ramayana mural)
Rama and Sita bathing in waterfall (Thai Ramayana mural)
A mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows Rama and Sita bathing in a waterfall. A waterfall flows down the side of a mountain into a lush garden landscape. The cascade of water falls first on the head of Rama, sitting on a higher ledge, and then upon...
Format: image/photograph
Traditional weaving in Ecuador
Photographs and text illustrate traditional weaving in Ecuador, from carding and spinning wool to selling finished products at the market.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Two Balinese women walking with baskets of soil on their heads
Two Balinese women walking with baskets of soil on their heads
Two Balinese women walk in single file carrying baskets of soil on their heads. The woman in front uses her right hand to stabilize her load, while using her left hand to shield her eyes from strong sunlight. She is wearing a blue T-shirt and a brown skirt....
Format: image/photograph
Wills and inventories: A process guide
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.8
Guiding questions for students investigating daily life in the past through wills, inventories, and probate records.
Format: article/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Masked monkey dancer performs at Batubulan Village in Bali
Masked monkey dancer performs at Batubulan Village in Bali
A masked dancer wearing a monkey costume performs in a Hindu temple courtyard in Batubulan Village, Bali, during August 1986. The kneeling dancer wears a brown and black monkey head mask with long dark hair attached. His costume includes a spotted grey jumpsuit...
Format: image/photograph
Women, then and now
In this lesson, students will analyze images and a home demonstration pamphlet, a Cooperative Extension Work document from the Green 'N' Growing collection at Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries. The primary sources will help students assess the roles, opportunities, and achievements of women beginning in 1950.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Lisa Stamey.
Hermit speaks to Rama, Laksman, and Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit speaks to Rama, Laksman, and Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
A forest hermit speaks to Rama, Sita, and Laksman, as seen on a mural painting at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The forest hermit's respected position as a wise sage is shown by his elevated position sitting on a stone platform at left. Rama, Laksman, and Sita...
Format: image/photograph
To market we will go
In a market simulation, students will experience the roles of producers and consumers. The crafts in this market may be easily tied in with winter multicultural holidays (Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah, Hmong New Year, Las Posadas, etc.) Students can purchase gifts for their family members at the market.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 and 4 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Ellen Douglas and Melissa Park.
World War I and the changing face of gender roles
In this lesson, students analyze oral histories in order to learn more about Progressivism and the impact of World War I and World War II on the role of women in the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Lee Adcock.
Bridging the differences: Cultural background of Mexican students entering U.S. schools
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.4
Making the transition from life in Mexico to life in the United States can be difficult for students of Mexican origin. Schools and teachers can make that transition easier by understanding students' cultural backgrounds and by employing a few simple strategies.
Format: article
By Mary Faith Mount-Cors.
North Carolina LGBTQIA resources
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 4.4
There are several organizations and centers in North Carolina that support LGBTQIA youth. They are listed here in alphabetical order by city or county. If you know of any more we should add, please contact Managing Editor Kimberly...
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
A crash course in ESL
"A Crash Course in ESL" will prepare you to work with ESL parents and create a welcoming environment for ESL students.
Format: article/online course