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


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Brevard Station Museum
This museum provides a collection of interesting stories, facts, recollections, pictures and tidbits relating to the history of Stanley, Gaston County, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Belmont Historical Society Cultural and Heritage Learning Center
Step back in time and learn about the history of Belmont, North Carolina through photographs, artifacts and other exhibits.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Giant sloth skeleton peeking through a window at the Cape Fear Museum
Giant sloth skeleton peeking through a window at the Cape Fear Museum
A giant sloth skeleton peers out of a window, greeting visitors to the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina. Originally created by the Daughters of the Confederacy as a “creditable museum of Confederate relics”, the Cape...
Format: image/photograph
N.C.- The Rip Van Winkle State
This lesson introduces students to Washington Irving's short story "Rip Van Winkle" and correlates it with the history of North Carolina. In the 1800s North Carolina was nicknamed "The Rip Van Winkle State."
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kay D. Lopossay.
Davidson County Historical Museum
Located in the Old Davidson County Courthouse (ca. 1858), the Museum is the centerpiece of Uptown Lexington's National Register Historic District. Visit the Museum to learn more about local and regional history while exploring the grandest of North Carolina's antebellum courthouses.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Smith-McDowell House Museum
Discover Asheville's first mansion and oldest surviving structure, now restored as a history museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The African American experience in NC after Reconstruction
The documents included in this lesson come from The North Carolina Experience collection of Documenting the American South and specifically focus on African Americans and race relations in the early 20th century. The lesson juxtaposes accounts that relate to both the positive improvements of black society and arguments against advancement. Combined, these primary sources and the accompanying lesson plan could be used as a Document Based Question (DBQ) in an AP US history course.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Waynesborough Historic Village
Visitors to this recreated village will feel as if the have stepped back in time. "Waynesborough's focus begins in 1701 with the first Tuscarora visit and ends in 1900 with a complete economic and social shift to Goldsboro."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Capital Area Visitor Information
Find information for scheduling a free comprehensive tour of many of Raleigh's cultural attractions and a description of the sites you can visit, including the State Capitol, the State Legislative Building, the Executive Mansion, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Smith Island Museum of History
Visit Old Baldy, North Carolina's oldest lighthouse and learn about its rich maritime history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Suffrage: The changing role of women
In this lesson, students use oral history excerpts and photographs to learn about the women's suffrage movement in the United States from a variety of perspectives.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
High Point Museum
This museum highlights the history of High Point, area Native Americans, the Quaker settlers, the workers and factories of the furniture business, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
East Carolina Village of Yesteryear
The museum displays depict one hundred years of North Carolina history. With nineteen buildings, and over two thousand artifacts, the village promotes NC life from 1840 to 1940.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Wilkes County Heritage Museum
The Old Wilkes County Courthouse is now a museum which showcases the rich history of this county.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The introduction of the car to North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 1.4
In this lesson, students look at the impact the introduction of the automobile had on North Carolina travel and city growth.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
"Civil Disobedience" excerpt seminar
This lesson plan is to be used for a seminar on an excerpt of Henry David Thoreau's work, "Civil Disobedience." The plan will follow the Paideia concept to discuss the great ideas of the text. The plan will provide a pre-guide activity, coaching activity, inner circle seminar questions, outer circle questions and a post writing assignment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Francis Bryant.
Governor Charles Aycock: A virtual exhibit
In this activity, students learn about North Carolina governor Charles Aycock by reading historical commentary and a transcript of Aycock's inaugural speech. Students create museum exhibits about Governor Aycock using PowerPoint software.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Museum of the Cape Fear
This museum interprets the history and culture of southern North Carolina from prehistory to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Japanese war objectives and planned opening attacks in World War II
Japanese war objectives and planned opening attacks in World War II
LOC on the map stands for "Lines of Communication."
Format: image/map