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.

Reading primary sources: Newspaper editorials
This interactive guide to reading a 19th-century newspaper editorial steps through layers of questions, guiding the reader through the process of historical inquiry. This edition is one in a series of guides on reading historical primary sources.
Format: newspaper (multiple pages)
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Child labor in North Carolina's textile mills
The photographs of Lewis Hine show the lives and work of children in North Carolina's textile mill villages in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway
In these lessons and units for eighth grade, students delve into the rich primary sources and historical overlooks from the Driving Through Time project and explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Commemorative landscapes
These lessons for elementary, middle, and high school were developed in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Library Commemorative Landscapes project to introduce and promote student understanding and writing of North Carolina’s history through commemorative sites, landscapes, and markers.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide
Strategically plan a collaborative unit and learn how to overcome those everyday obstacles that prevent success. This guide is accompanied by four lesson plans to help you put collaboration into practice.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Montford Point Marine Museum
Visit this museum which preserves the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines who served with courage and pride from 1942 to 1949.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Northampton County Museum
Exhibits focus on the history of the Northampton County area from the prehistoric to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Diary of a journey of Moravians
First-hand account of the journey of twelve Moravian brothers from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1753.
Format: diary (multiple pages)
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
The estimated 40,000+ artifacts in the collection of the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science relate to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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
Slave songs
In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection. This is a great lesson to introduce the intersection of religion and slavery in a US history or African American history class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
The value of oral history
In Oral history in the classroom, page 1
Why use oral history with your students? Oral history has benefits that no other historical source provides.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Framed by a palm frond, this photograph shows the dramatic explosion of the destroyer, U.S.S. Shaw, and the billowing smoke over the island.
Format: image/photograph