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Housing conditions of the workers in Cannon Mills, Concord, North Carolina
Housing conditions of the workers in Cannon Mills, Concord, North Carolina
This photograph of mill town housing in Concord, North Carolina shows the conditions that workers for the Cannon textile mill lived in. The clapboard houses are very small and sit in the shadow of the mill with its smokestacks billowing dark smoke. The yards...
Format: image/photograph
Mill villages
In North Carolina in the New South, page 3.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.4
Excerpt from D. A. Tompkins' 1899 textbook for cotton mill owners, explaining rationale and design for millworkers' housing. Includes photographs, plans, and historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Multifamily housing behind a large Fran-eroded dune
Multifamily housing behind a large Fran-eroded dune
Format: image/photograph
A two-room mill house
A two-room mill house
Format: image/photograph
A four-room mill house with gable
A four-room mill house with gable
Format: image/diagram
Urban renewal and the displacement of communities
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.6
Oral history interview about the impact of urban renewal in Charlotte, North Carolina. Includes historical background and information about urban renewal.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
A beachfront house threatened by erosion
In Evidence of rising sea level: Coastal erosion and plant community changes, page 3
Figure 2 shows a beachfront house being undercut by waves. Unfortunately, this kind of damage happens frequently as sea level rises and erosion eats into the shoreline. Erosion into housing areas usually occurs when something happens to increase the local...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Photo analysis: Focus on climate
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing photographs for information about the climate of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.1
An overview of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, which addressed poverty, transportation safety, urban development, and health.
Format: article
Photo analysis: Focus on geography
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing photographs, focusing on information about the geography of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Looking down the wings of a Wright Brothers plane replica
Looking down the wings of a Wright Brothers plane replica
This is a replica of a Wright Brothers' plane at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. The memorial is home to a museum housing artifacts from the brothers' work as well as an outdoor monument showing the time and distance of the brothers'...
Format: image/photograph
Hanoi girl tends a toddler sitting in the front basket of a motorcycle
Hanoi girl tends a toddler sitting in the front basket of a motorcycle
A pre-adolescent girl tends a toddler who sits perched in the front basket of a motorcycle parked outside a storefront in Hanoi. The children are both wearing sleeveless pink pajamas. Older sisters and brothers in Asia generally are expected to be responsible...
Format: image/photograph
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)
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
Learn about the wildlife of the mountains and practice using a compass at this conference center located outside of Asheville, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Development and flooding: Is there a connection?
In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development. In particular, students will learn how increasing development in eastern North Carolina may have worsened the effects of flooding from Hurricane Floyd due to lack of soil and tree absorption of run-off. Students will create their own development plans for North Carolina in small groups, explaining how their plan will benefit North Carolina’s water resources and environment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
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)
Communities in schools of Wake County: “Just passing isn’t good enough!”
The educators of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Wake County, after ascertaining that the average grade of their middle school students was low D to F, determined to change their program drastically. They researched programs across the country that demonstrated success with students with profiles similar to those of CIS students, hired an education consulting company to help them establish measurement matrices, and instituted a range of new policies and activities. As a result, CIS students’ grades improved to C in just six months.
Format: article
By Susan B. Hansell.
Picturing Vietnam
This lesson plan is intended to introduce students to Vietnam’s geography, climate, culture, history, natural history, arts, economics, and government. Students will view a collection of documentary photographs and use these for making logical observations, drawing conclusions, and as a basis for creative writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Edie McDowell.
U.S. military service through history
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.8
In this lesson plan, students consider the history of U.S. involvement in armed conflicts. Students research and discuss military careers.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.