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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Basic strategies for assigning homework
Suggestions for establishing homework assignments and policies.
By Kathleen Casson.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Persuasive writing: A classroom model
In Arts of persuasion, page 4
A plan for modeling persuasive writing with middle school students, using homework as the topic.
By Pamela Myrick and Sharon Pearson.
The First Year
Essays on the author's experiences in her first year of teaching: the mistakes she made, what she learned from them, and how she used them to become a better teacher — and how other first-year teachers can, too.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Two school boys ask a woman tourist in Hue to help them with English homework
Two school boys ask a woman tourist in Hue to help them with English homework
Two school boys ask a woman tourist visiting Hué to help them with their English homework. All three wear white T-shirts and are sitting in white plastic chairs on a tiled veranda outside a cafe or hotel. The foreign tourist wears dark sunglasses and her...
Format: image/photograph
Graphing quadratic equations
This lesson will help students quickly graph a quadratic equation. It will also help them to understand the purpose of completing the square.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Mathematics)
By Kathy Schadt.
Identifying oily foods: Discovering healthy snacks
Using a drop of water and a drop of oil for comparison, students conduct food rubs to detect oily content in foods. The lesson culminates with a cookbook of healthy snacks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Healthful Living)
By Janie Bourbina.
Math in the White House
This plan uses an online tour of the White House to reinforce the concept of tallying.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Mathematics)
By Bunnie R. Brewer, Missy Colborn, Kathy Hale, Kim Roberson, and Emily White.
Autobiographical expression
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.2
This lesson for grade 6 introduces students to the theory of multiple intelligences. Students consider what their personal strengths are according to this theory.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Ruth Roberts.Adapted by Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Using reference materials
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.1
In this lesson for grade 6, students gain an understanding of how classified ads are used to search for jobs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Decisions, decisions: A career exploration
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 1.10
In this lesson for grade seven, students complete personality profiles to explore career options, then conduct internet research to learn about specific careers. Students write evaluative essays about the careers they choose.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jen Presley.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett and Sonya Rexrode.
Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally
Students will learn and practice the correct order of operations. The lesson will begin with a motivational group-art activity. Students will then take notes and do a "pass the paper" activity for practice. This will be followed by students creating their own problems.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 Mathematics)
By Shirley Powell.
College academics
This lesson plan teaches students what they should expect academically when they go to college and how it differs from high school academics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
Making connections between concepts
In The First Year, page 2.3
To help students connect what they're learning, make your expectations clear and ask them what they understand and what isn't working.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Who's holding the pencil? And did anybody learn?
In The First Year, page 3.4
Demonstrations can be useful, but be aware of what students are doing and thinking while you're holding the pencil.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Our geometric world
The students will use newspaper and magazine pictures to recognize geometric figures within the real world. They will make a collage of pictures showing various geometric shapes. They will write a summary of the shapes that are represented in their collage.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Robin Ward.
Mathematical translations
This lesson develops knowledge of algebraic expressions and their verbal equivalents. Students will establish a foundation for future Algebra I tasks by identifying mathematical symbols and expressions through group work and individual tasks. This lesson contains modifications for the novice high English Language Learner (ELL).
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–12 English Language Development and Mathematics)
By Seth Beale and Wendy Sumner.
Helping parents understand
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 5
The more ongoing, positive communication you have with parents, the more they'll be willing to work with you.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
Tobacco bag stringing: Secondary activity seven
In this activity for grades 7–12, students take on the role of legislators who must make a decision concerning the passage of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Students will evaluate the impact of emotional appeal in persuasion. This activity builds on information learned in activities one through six.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Verb tense time warps
When students have inconsistent verb tense, they have a "time warp" in their stories. In this lesson, students learn that verbs tell not only what action takes place, but also when the action takes place. They will learn to identify past, present and future verb tenses and to check sentences and paragraphs for inconsistent verb tense.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.