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Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
War bonds
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.10
The United States Government spent some $300 billion during World War II -- more than $4 trillion in today's money. Most of that money had to be borrowed. To finance the war, the government issued savings bonds.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Online Visitor Information Center
Maintained by the National Park Service this web page is useful for anyone planning a trip to the King historic site in Atlanta, GA or interested in the life of the civil rights leader.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mobilizing for war
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.6
The U.S. entry into World War II required rapid and massive buildup of the armed forces and industrial production to supply the war effort. this page includes a clip from a documentary produced by the U.S. Government in 1942 showing scenes of wartime production.
Format: documentary
Reference resources
In Election 2012, page 3.6
Reference resources to help students and teachers understand election procedures and terminology.
Format: bibliography
French influences
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 3
A clock and flag tower, which represented the central control and punctuality of the French colonial government, are flanked by two steep, Mansard-style tile roof towers and neo-classical statues representing French claims to artistry and high civilization....
By Lorraine Aragon.
Comparing governments: Local, state, and national
This lesson on comparing governments will focus on looking at the similarities and differences between local, state, and federal governments in North Carolina and the United States. It is suggested that this lesson be followed by Comparing governments: International. This plan could be easily adapted for eighth-grade or high-school ESL students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Tami Weaver and Wendy Pineda.
The Home Court Advantage: A Kid's Window into the North Carolina Court System
Learn about who's who in the courts and what the courts do by comparing the process and the players to a basketball game. Kids will learn about the "scorekeepers," the "coaches," and the "referees."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The economics of recovery and reform
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 1.8
Timeline of events, federal programs, and economic trends, 1933–1940, leading to the U.S. recovery from the Great Depression.
Format: timeline
Government "kooshball" debate
Students will be presented with a situation where they will have to list pros and cons of an Islamic government and a democratic government. The students will be assigned one side of the argument and will write statements that support their side to be used in a debate. This lesson should follow a study of Islamic government and culture.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Terry Philbeck.
The North Carolina Oath of Allegiance
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 1.8
Form that new soldiers, politicians, and civil servants had to fill out and sign after North Carolina's secession, by which they pledged loyalty to the state and renounced their loyalty to the United States.
Format: document/primary source
LEARN NC lesson plans
In Election 2012, page 3.2
Elementary Math in the White House This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying. (Grades K-1)
Format: bibliography
County government in North Carolina
Students will become familiar with aspects of county government in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Sadie Allran Broome.
Toward a union of the colonies?
In Colonial North Carolina, page 8.3
The Albany Plan of Union was a plan to place the British North American colonies under a more centralized government. The plan was adopted on July 10, 1754, by representatives from seven of the British North American colonies. Although never carried out, it was the first important plan to conceive of the colonies as a collective whole united under one government.
Format: article
Community and Government
This sampling of instructional resources will help students from elementary through high school learn about their communities, the federal, state, and local governments, and how to be responsible and effective citizens.
Format: bibliography/help
Debating war with Britain: For the war
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.4
Article from the Raleigh Star, published just after Congress declared war on Great Britain in 1812, arguing in support of the war. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Governing the Piedmont
In Colonial North Carolina, page 5.7
As settlers spread across the North Carolina Piedmont in the eighteenth century, the provincial government didn't keep up with them. Westerners weren't fairly represented in the provincial Assembly, and the so-called "Granville District," owned by the one remaining Lord Proprietor, was badly mismanaged.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
A new religion
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 18
This elaborate temple at Tay Ninh, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955. The congregation, seen from behind, sits cross-legged on the floor with their hands held up in front of their chests. White robes...
By Lorraine Aragon.