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Letters home
Students will write letters home, taking on the role of one of the sons of the "Gold Star Mothers" from Union County, NC.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7–8 Social Studies)
By Meg Millard and Pamela Webb.
Historic Latta Plantation
A living history farm 20 miles north of Charlotte features an African American exhibit, virtual tour and history of this once cotton plantation, activities for kids, and teacher resources.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial
The museum has numerous artifacts as well as a film that details the Waxhaws area's history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
This regional museum strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the natural, historic and artistic heritage of this "back country region at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Effects of bombing on Japanese principal cities, 1945
Effects of bombing on Japanese principal cities, 1945
Format: image/map
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Diseases throughout human history
Students will trace the historical impact of disease on humankind and research key events in the history of disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Greater Fair Bluff Historical Society Depot Museum
Students can learn about their Columbus County's history through artifacts and other exhibits at the Greater Fair Bluff Historical Society Depot Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
African American Cultural Complex
Originally named Black Heritage Park, the African American Cultural Complex celebrates the outstanding contributions made by African-Americans.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
The National Archives and Records Administration's description of this cartoon reads: When this cartoon was published the 1920 Presidential election was nearly a year and a half away. There were no clear front-runners and both major parties were...
Format: image/cartoon
Vance County Historical Museum
Discover the history of Vance County at this museum located in Henderson's downtown historic district.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The March on Washington, 1963
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.8
Video from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom includes Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Format: article
Paired writing: Hoover and FDR
Taking on the persona of FDR and Hoover, students will write responses to citizens seeking help with real world problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Angie Panel Holthausen.
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
Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum
Visit Duke Homestead or take an online tour, which not only features the history of the Duke family, their tobacco endeavors, and their homestead, but also contains a collection of original cigarette commercials and a movie of the tobacco bagging process.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Connecting with community through oral history
In Oral history in the classroom, page 5
Through interviews and photographs, Harnett County students learn about their community's agricultural past.
Format: article
By Jean Sweeney Shawver.
Fontana Dam
Learn about the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and hydroelectric power at Fontana Dam.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Along the Trail of Tears
A part of history is often forgotten when teaching younger students. This is the relocation of the Cherokee Indians when the white settlers wanted their property. The US Government moved whole groups of Indians under harsh conditions. This trip became known as the Trail of Tears. Using this as a background students will explore and experiment with persuasive writing as they try to express the position of Cherokee leaders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Glenda Bullard.
Rockingham County Historical Village
An original tobacco factory, a barn, a one-room school house, and a corn crib have been restored and make up the Rockingham County Historical Village.
Format: article/field trip opportunity