K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Reed Gold Mine (NC Historic Site)
Visitors can explore the gold mine and see historical mining equipment, gold ore, and much more at this North Carolina historic site.
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McCulloch Gold Mill
Take a trip to the McCulloch Gold Mill and learn the history and geology of the Triad area. Students will love panning for gold and gemstones!
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Eureka Gold Panning and Carolina Gem Fluming
Pan for gold and learn about the history of gold mining in North Carolina at this outdoor venue in Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.
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Ravana continues the fight
In The Ramayana, page 6.2
Ravana arrives on his chariot to fight, as seen in a mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The ten-armed Ravana perches atop his gold chariot wielding spears, swords, and lances in each hand. His remaining allies, dressed in gold, run at the sides of...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Gold nugget
Gold nugget
Gold nugget on display in the Museu de Valores, Brazil.
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Reed Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine
In this dry stream bed was found the first nugget of gold in North Carolina's Gold Rush.
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A giant demon
In The Ramayana, page 4.15
The demon dressed in royal gold Siamese clothes plants his left foot and left hand powerfully on a stone gateway and wooden door to push them into the walled compound. The demon wears a tall headdress, sarong, and jewelry painted in gold leaf, and he holds...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Ravana dies
In The Ramayana, page 6.9
In this mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple, both the women and Ravana are dressed in royal Siamese clothes and crowns painted with gold leaf paint. The long-haired and fair young women who sit on opposite sides of Ravana's body hold up their bent left...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Map of the Gold Regions of California, 1849
Map of the Gold Regions of California, 1849
This 1849 map shows the potential routes for gold-hunters heading from the east coast of the U.S. to California. Prospectors could choose the hard and dangerous overland route -- or take a steamship all the way around South America.
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Sita's ring
In The Ramayana, page 2.12
After battling Ravana, the wounded eagle king Sadayu flies into the forest and delivers Sita's ring to Rama and Laksman, as shown on this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Rama and Laksman walk side by side in their customary gold crowns and royal clothes...
By Lorraine Aragon.
People seeking for Gold in North Carolina
People seeking for Gold in North Carolina
Illustration of gold miners in North Carolina from an 1849 children's book. The author says, If we proceed to the hilly country, along the banks of the Yadkin river, we shall meet with people, in various places, hunting for gold. This is found...
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Rama, Sita, and Laksman leave the palace
In The Ramayana, page 2.1
On this mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Sita, Rama, and Laksman depart the palace in Ayudhya for fourteen years of forest exile. Here they are shown with Sita's skin painted white on the left, Rama's painted green in the middle, and Laksman's painted...
By Lorraine Aragon.
View of the Gold Hill works
View of the Gold Hill works
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Minting gold into coins
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.4
Brief histories of the Bechtler Mint, a private mint in Charlotte, and the Charlotte branch of the U.S. mint, both of which operated in the middle of the nineteenth century.
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Reed Gold Mine
Reed Gold Mine
In the nineteenth-century Reed Gold Mine, pulleys were used to lower workers into the shaft and to raise the ore back out.
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Ravana's mermaid daughter
In The Ramayana, page 4.9
The demon king Ravana instructs his mermaid daughter to ruin Rama's bridge to Lanka, as seen on a painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The royally clothed Ravana (with green skin) gestures with four arms as he jumps with a wide-legged stance from a...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Mine shaft at Reed Gold Mine
Mine shaft at Reed Gold Mine
One of the original mine shafts from the nineteenth-century Reed Gold Mine.
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The search for El Dorado
The legend of El Dorado predates the arrival of Spaniards in South America. The Chibcha people of present-day Colombia apparently performed an annual ritual where the leader was coated in fine gold dust, which he then washed off in a lake during a solemn ceremony....
By William M. Wisser.
The search for El Dorado
In Sir Walter Raleigh and South America, page 4
The legend of El Dorado predates the arrival of Spaniards in South America. The Chibcha people of present-day Colombia apparently performed an annual ritual where the leader was coated in fine gold dust, which he then washed off in a lake during a ceremony....
By William M. Wisser.
California Gold Rush miners
California Gold Rush miners
Miners pose for a photo during the California Gold Rush at Auburn Ravine in 1852. The photo shows both white and Chinese miners.
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