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The Walking Classroom
Lesson plans and podcasts aligned to the fifth grade curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Negro Baseball League
The Walking Classroom students discuss a summary of the history of the Negro Leagues, from conception to collapse. The students will hear another side of how segregation affected the American population from the 1800’s to the 1940’s and learn about the...
Format: audio/podcast
Race in Charlotte schools
The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about school desegregation in the South. In these activities, students immerse themselves in a time period when public schools were first becoming integrated by listening to oral histories of people who experienced this change first-hand.
Format: lesson plan
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity one
This activity for grades 3–6 will help students understand what tobacco bag stringing was and why it was important to communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Students will read and analyze an adapted introductory article about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge delivers his inaugural address in 1925. Calvin Coolidge was vice-president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding, and stepped into the presidency in 1923 upon Harding's death. A year later, he was elected to the office.
Format: image/photograph
The History Museum of Burke County
Objects, artifacts, and documents representing Burke County's heritage can be found in this museum in Morganton, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
An introduction to slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs' Life of a Slave Girl
In this lesson, students will learn about the life experiences of slaves in the United States during the 1800s by reading the story of a North Carolina slave woman who eventually escaped.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Joe Hooten.
The Outer Banks History Center
Visit the Outer Banks History Center and view exhibits and attend programs which pertain to North Carolina and the Outer Banks area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Format: image/painting
Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity three
In this activity for grades 3–6, students will read and evaluate primary source letters from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. This should be done after Activity one, which is the introductory activity about tobacco bag stringing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Chatham County Historical Association: Log Cabin Restoration Project
Visit the two log cabins that are being reconstructed by the Chatham Country Historical Association. Students will see how these structures were built and what life was like in the days of the pioneers.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
United States Constitution
United States Constitution
Format: image/photograph
Lincoln County Museum of History
The museum houses special collections of artifacts and historical objects as well as primary source documents such as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Person County Museum of History
A unique collection of buildings and fascinating exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts tell the story of Person County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Trail of Tears comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz to accompany The Walking Classroom The Trail of Tears lesson plan.
Format: document/worksheet
Wayne County Museum
Students will learn about the history of Wayne County as well as the influence of historic events on the people and way of life in the area.
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)