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


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Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Raleigh: A Capital City
An itinerary for a tour of the capital of the Old North State. The site provides information and photographs for Raleigh's historic districts, architecture, parks and recreational areas, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Catawba County Museum of History
Visit the museum and see exhibits ranging from colonial times and the Revolutionary War to religion and education.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Old Wilkes Walking Tour
Touring Old Wilkesboro gives students insight into the town's past. Historic refurbished buildings with authentic artifacts show what life in Wilkesboro was like from the 1700s to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Alternative discussion formats
Class discussions often take one of two forms — either question-and-answer sessions, in which the teacher throws out questions and students answer them, or debates. Both of these formats are useful, but adding a few more ideas to your teaching repertoire can make for more variety in the classroom and provide more opportunities for engaging discussions. This edition explains how to manage dicussions in the form of a public relations campaign, a trial, a talk show, or the design of monuments, memorials, and museum exhibits.
Format: series (multiple pages)
North Carolina Executive Mansion
A history with images of the governor's mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina. Explore the gardens, the library, the ballroom, and more...all online. Read a brief history of NC's current first family.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Trail of Tears
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the history of the Trail of Tears and its aftermath. Mrs. Fenn joins them to share a Cherokee story-tellers’ observations and to discuss why the Cherokee from North Carolina were not forced onto Indian Territory, but allowed...
Format: audio/podcast
"Forward" to the great escape
In this lesson, students will read a primary source document from Documenting the American South and examine a painting by Jacob Lawrence to understand the conditions of the underground railroad before the Civil War. Students will then create a painting and a narrative related to the underground railroad.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
CSS Neuse II
Explore a full-size replica of the Confederate ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse located in Kinston, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
Imperial powers in the Far East and Pacific, 1941
Imperial powers in the Far East and Pacific, 1941
Format: image/map
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Discover the heritage, history, and artistic traditions of the region at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Change in the mountains
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about changes that have occurred in the mountain region of North Carolina over the last century. The lessons will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the effects technological innovation had on community development in mountain communities.
Format: lesson plan
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Japanese occupation of China, 1940
Japanese occupation of China, 1940
Format: image/map
Religion and slavery in the American South: Comparing perspectives
In this lesson plan, students consult a variety of primary sources from the Documenting the American South Collection to uncover the varied impacts of religion in the lives of slaves in the American South. They are encouraged to seek out multiple, and sometimes contradictory, perspectives of this history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Civil rights protests and dilemmas
In this lesson students explore well-known civil rights protests then listen to two oral histories of individuals who protested in their own way to promote equality for African Americans. Students specifically will consider personal risks involved in protest.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Impressed with embargo
Students will learn about the causes of the War of 1812 and make connections to current world events.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Andrea McGuire.
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Airborne and Special Operations Museum
Relive military history from World War II to the present through exhibits at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity