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


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Historic Stagville
Read about the history of the plantation, the Bennehan and Cameron families who owned the plantation, the slave community, the structures on the plantation, and the effect the Civil War had on Stagville Plantation.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The nearer we come to the present, the more difficult it becomes to write history. When we consider events of a hundred years ago, we can evaluate their long-term impact. But the events of the last ten or twenty years are still raw; we don't know their consequences...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Exploring first-person female narratives related to Sherman's march to the sea
This lesson plan uses first-person narratives from the Documenting the American South collection to demonstrate differences in perspective related to historical events, in this case, Sherman's march to the sea. It encourages students to compare the views of two southern ladies with that of a Union soldier.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Oral history links and resources
In Oral history in the classroom, page 6
Guides, tips, lesson plans, and examples of student projects on the web.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
Levine Museum of the New South
This museum shows the diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Liberation and deliberation: The North Carolina ratification debates of 1788
This lesson focuses on the deliberations over ratification of the US Constitution by the North Carolina legislators. In particular it traces the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-federalists found in the primary sources digitized in the Documenting the American South collection.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Mark Laskowski.
Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
A spectacular example of antebellum architecture, this home was commandeered by Federal troops after the fall of Fort Fisher during the Civil War. The Bellamy Mansion is now a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Alamance County Historical Museum
Learn about the history of Alamance County on a field trip to this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Catawba Firefighter's Museum
This museum has exhibits showing the history of firefighting in Catawba County with examples of firefighting equipment from earlier times.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Muskets and rifles: The soldier's experience
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 5.5
In this short film, reenactor Bill Thompson explains late eighteenth-century small arms, including how a flintlock works and the differences between rifles and muskets, and demonstrates the loading and firing of an English "Brown Bess" musket. Filmed during Living History Week at Alamance Battleground.
Civil War journals
This lesson integrates creative writing with Social Studies and enhances knowledge of the effects of the Civil War on people.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Gwen A. Jones.
Now what? A President considers a career change
In Rethinking Reports, page 1.2
In this alternative to the dreaded "President Report," students write a resumé for an ex-president.
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
Museum of the Albemarle
Students can explore the lives of inhabitants, the development of industries, and the Albemarle area's social and cultural background at this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission Museum
Stanly County created this museum to preserve the heritage resources of the area for generations to come. The exhibits cover the history of Stanly County from ancient times to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Old Salem
Find yourself in another place and time at Old Salem.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Wright Tavern
Built in 1816, the Wright Tavern was in operation for over a century. It is a "rare example of a frame construction dog-run building and the finest existing example of this plan in North Carolina." It is open for tours by appointment only.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
History of astronomy scavenger hunt
A unit on astronomy inevitably and rightfully begins with a look at the history of astronomy. This activity provides students with an opportunity to learn the basic facts of the history of astronomy by using the internet.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Mark Clinkscales and Carrie Palmer.
North Carolina women and the Progressive Movement
In this lesson, students read primary source documents from Documenting the American South specifically related to North Carolina women involved in reform movements characteristic of the Progressive era. For the most part, these documents detail women's work in education-related reform and describe the creation of schools for women in the state. They also demonstrate that, as was true in the rest of the nation, the progressive, female reformers of N.C. were segregated based on race and socio-economic status.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity three
In this activity for grades 7–12, students will evaluate primary source photographs from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Benjamin Banneker
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the famous inventor, scientist, astronomer, and writer, Benjamin Banneker. They discuss the challenges that he faced as a black man in the 1700’s. They also talk about his contributions to science and literature and the...
Format: audio/podcast