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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
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)
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.
The Greensboro killings
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.8
An anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, in November 1979, resulted in the deaths of five people at the hands of self-proclaimed Klansmen and Nazis. The accused men were never convicted.
Format: article
The Nissen Wagon Works
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.6
History of the Nissen Wagon Works founded in Salem, North Carolina, in 1834. North Carolinians carried goods to market in Nissen Wagons, and the works supplied wagons and gun carts to the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Format: article
Free falling: Working with radicals
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.4
In this lesson, students solve problems involving radicals and discuss the importance of radicals in various careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Enlistment for Victory (1943)
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.5
This "Enlistment for Victory" letter was given to boys and girls as part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's "Mobilization for Victory" campaign during World War II. The first part introduces the program; the second is a list of projects that kids could take on. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Introduction
George Vanderbilt established the first agricultural operations at Biltmore to produce dairy products, meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables for use in Biltmore House. However, it was his hope that the estate would be self supporting, and by the mid-1890s,...
Format: article
By Sue Clark McKendree.
Key industries: Biotechnology
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.4
Biotechnology is a perfect example of a "new economy" industry, a sector that did not exist as we know it a century ago but is a major economic driver for many national and regional economies today. This article gives an overview of the biotechnology industry in North Carolina.
Format: article