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

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Antebellum homes and plantations
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 2.15
The most popular images of antebellum life are grand plantation houses -- but, as we've seen, a tiny fraction of North Carolinians lived in such houses. To get a sense of what daily life was like for a wider variety of people, we've developed a slideshow of...
Elevated houses
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 15
Two thatch-roofed houses elevated on wood columns at Mai Chau provide excellent examples of highland village house construction. In the rear of the photograph, a person works in the shade under the house. Hand-hewn wooden walls, columns, shutter doors, and...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Beach erosion
In Small sand volume barrier islands: Environmental processes and development risks, page 16
Figure 14 shows how beach erosion has undermined the deck and foundations of the houses in the foreground and apparently has threatened to do the same in the multifamily dwelling behind them. Note the remnants of an earlier dune on the right, and the roadway...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Figure Eight Island
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 17
We now turn our attention to Figure Eight Island, a privately owned island about 25 miles north of Oak Island and Hurricane Floyd's landfall. Although Figure Eight Island was not the site of hurricane landfall in 1999, it was in the sector of Hurricane Floyd...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Life in a sea port
In Northern and coastal Vietnam: Waterway settlements and Chinese influences, page 8
Hoi An is a fishing village that has been a stop on the merchant ship trade route since at least the 1700s. Coastal ports throughout Southeast Asia developed starting in the first millennium A.D. as maritime trade routes expanded between China and India. The...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Houses built too close to shore
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 14
Figure 11 shows a row of houses near those in Figure 10. These were not set back far from the average high tide line. All of these houses are now on the upper edge of the beach, and sea water washes around their foundations at high tide. There is a real question...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Houses set back from the shoreline
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 13
Figure 10 shows another view of the Oak Island beach after Floyd. The beach here looks much like it did before the hurricane. The only real evidence of damage is the modest cliff formed at the front of the dunefield. There is no evidence of damage to shorefront...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Dune erosion on Oak Island (2)
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 12
Figure 9 shows another set of oceanfront houses after Hurricane Floyd's landfall. This dune, too, has been flattened, leaving some houses standing on the beach and some not standing at all. Note, however, that the beach under the house in the foreground is...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
"Magic Eye" discussion questions
In Tobacco bag stringing: Elementary activity two, page 3
Each of you has looked carefully at one of the photographs. You have talked about your photograph with the others in your group. Now, think about all of the different photographs. What can they tell us about what it was like to live in that section of North...
Format: article
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Surviving storms
In Natural and human impacts on the northern Outer Banks, page 11
The first house on northern Nags Head was built by W. G. Pool, a doctor from Elizabeth City. Many of Dr. Pool's friends followed his lead — mostly because he gave them seaside lots as gifts — and a new era of seaside living began on the Outer Banks....
By Blair Tormey and Dirk Frankenberg.
Living in a salt marsh
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 18
Figure 15 shows an extreme example of siting a house as far as possible from the beachfront. This one appears to be built mostly on the salt marsh on the landward side of the island. It survived Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd without a scratch, but storm surges...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Living in dunefields
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 21
If you don't build in a maritime forest on a barrier island, you probably will have to build in the dunefields or the mid-island flats. Most houses on Figure Eight are built on one or the other. Figure 18 shows three choices for construction on nearshore dunes....
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An
Ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An
A view of the ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An also shows the area's suspended electric lines and surrounding vegetation. Coconut trees are visible in the background. Interlocking ceramic tiles are used to roof cement houses in many areas of Southeast...
Format: image/photograph
Living near the beachfront
In Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development, page 22
Figure 19 shows a well-constructed house sited on a low beachfront lot. As on Oak Island, this lot was overwashed by Hurricane Floyd's storm surge and surface waves. This house withstood this onslaught as well as any beachfront property could be expected to,...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam
Photographs and text tell the story of rice and rural life in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on the highlanders, or Montagnards.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Houses in Kagbeni village, Nepal
Houses in Kagbeni village, Nepal
A cluster of houses in Kagbeni, a village in the Mustang district of Nepal. The houses are rectangular with flat mud-plastered roofs and are built adjoining each other. Worn-down Tibetan prayer flags are flown at different points. Erosion of the flags is believed...
Format: image/photograph
Historic Murfreesboro
Students will enjoy taking a trip to the Murfreesboro historic district and exploring the houses and buildings on the tour.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Elevated street view of houses and closed cafe in Hoi An
Elevated street view of houses and closed cafe in Hoi An
An elevated view of a street scene shows two-story houses and a closed cafe in Hoi An. The houses are painted white with orange tiled roofs, and small trees line the street. A wall menu and white plastic chairs are seen outside the cafe. Nearby on the sidewalk...
Format: image/photograph
A porter with pack
A porter with pack
Houses along the route at Nepal Danda belong to Newar traders. The houses are made of bricks and have painted walls, doors, and windows. These houses also function as shops. This trail used to be part of the ancient salt trade. Although the salt trade along...
Format: image/photograph
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines: Lessons for development
A Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” that examines the sand sharing system of sedimentary coastlines and the impact of hurricanes on those coastlines and on human development.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)