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North Carolina rivers
Students will locate 28 rivers within the state of North Carolina, noting names and origins of names, directions of flow, navigability, and development of population centers in relation to the rivers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 Social Studies)
By Mike Stevenson.
Steamboats
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.1
Article about the early development of steamboats and their introduction on North Carolina's inland waterways. Includes an explanation of how steamboats work.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Mapping rainfall and flooding
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.5
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 6.6
In this activity, students explore maps and data from Hurricanes Floyd, Dennis, and Irene in September-October 1999 to explore their effects on North Carolina's coastal plain.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
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)
The land of milk and honey: Relocated or not
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 4
In this lesson, students read primary sources to learn about the establishment of the city of New Bern, North Carolina. The students will also use maps to draw conclusions about what was read.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Lara Willox.
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)
North and South in 1861
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 2.1
A comparison of the two sides at the beginning of the Civil War, focusing on their preparedness for war.
Format: book
The Dismal Swamp Canal
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 7.2
Transportation in northeastern North Carolina was extremely difficult in the eighteenth century. The Dismal Swamp Canal, which opened in 1805, enabled passage between the Pasquotank River in North Carolina wih the Elizabeth River in Virginia. Over time the canal was rebuilt and expanded, and today it is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
"A poor, ignorant, squalid population"
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.5
Letter from Archibald Murphey to Thomas Ruffin, 1819, in which Murphey bemoans the character of the people around Fayetteville and blames the lack of trade, transportation, and economic opportunity. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Haw River Festival Learning Celebration
Don't miss this fun and informative festival celebrating the Haw River, its history, and the creatures that live there.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Graphic organizer: Janet Schaw on American agriculture
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt about agricultural practices in the Carolinas on the eve of the American Revolution.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
The museum provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the natural resources of North Carolina and its Piedmont region.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Topography of North Carolina and its influence on settlement
This lesson explores where North Carolina is in relation to the United States and North America. Also, we will explore the different regions of North Carolina and how the topography of the region affected settlement.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Jessica Wilson and Tabitha Horton.
Map of North Carolina at the time of the Regulation (1765-1771)
Map of North Carolina at the time of the Regulation (1765-1771)
Map shows boundaries of counties as drawn in 1760 along with rivers, locations of colonial towns, and the Battle of Alamance.
Format: image/map
Background information for chapter one
In Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks, page 1.1
This page contains background information for teachers implementing chapter one of the unit "Coastal processes and conflicts: North Carolina's Outer Banks."
Format: article
By Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea Ames, and Karen Dawkins.
Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia, 1751, showing the Great Wagon Road
Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia, 1751, showing the Great Wagon Road
"A map of the most inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole province of Maryland with part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina." Drawn by Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson in 1751, published by Thos. Jefferys, London, 1755. Fry and Jefferson...
Format: image/map
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Natural diversity
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 1.1
North Carolina has within its borders the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, a broad, low-lying coastal area, and all the land in between. That variety of landforms, elevations, and climates has produced as diverse a range of ecosystems as any state in the United States. It has also influenced the way people have lived in North Carolina for thousands of years.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
What is a wetland, and why do we have so many types?
In Wetlands of the coastal plains, page 2
The legal definition of a wetland has become controversial as wetlands have gained a measure of protection from uncontrolled ditching and draining. This protection has been accorded them as their role in sustaining high water quality and wildlife habitat has...
By Dirk Frankenberg.