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The Civil Rights Movement, 1960–1980
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.1
An overview of the Civil Rights Movement from the Greensboro Sit-ins in 1960 through the 1963 March on Washington, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964–65, growing militance, and the development of affirmative action policies.
Format: article
Eroded land, eroded lives: Agriculture and The Grapes of Wrath
This lesson plan, designed to be taught before students read The Grapes of Wrath, focuses on helping students put this novel in historical context. Students will learn about the (unintentional) abuse of soil that allowed the Dust Bowl to be so devastating and extensive. They will also see photographs by Dorothea Lange and others depicting the wasted land and subsequent wasted dreams of thousands.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Annie Henry.
Ecuador: A study of population
In this lesson, students will create population pyramid graphs and analyze photographs to investigate population in Ecuador. Students will draw on this analysis to make predictions about how population issues will affect Ecuador's future. The lesson plan is designed to be adapted to the study of various countries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
The North Carolina Fund
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.13
During the 1960s, the North Carolina Fund was created to wage an "all-out assault on poverty" in the state.
Format: article
North Carolina powwow
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page .2
Introduction American Indians who have lived in North Carolina have contributed to and continue to contribute to the development of the state. Correcting the stereotypes found in movies & inaccurate literature is necessary for thinking skills development....
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies and Theater Arts Education)
By Linda Tabor.
Life cycle of painted lady butterflies
Students will make a chart of the life cycle of the painted lady butterflies that the class observes over a period of several days.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Science)
By Anne Allen.
Quick study: Woodland Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Woodland Period and its key characteristics.
A visit to colonial North Carolina
This lesson extends student learning about the colonial period in North Carolina history by incorporating primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection. After reading first-hand accounts of travelers to colonial America, students will create their own travel brochure advertising North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Prisoners of war in North Carolina
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.8
Oral history interview with a woman who grew up in North Carolina during World War II. German prisoners of war were held in her community and sent to work on nearby farms. Includes historical background.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Making connections for environmental education
How can you get students fired up about environmental education? Get them outside and get them involved in local issues through activism, service learning, and teaching others.
Format: article/best practice
By Carolyn Moser.
The Great Migration and North Carolina
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.5
During the Jim Crow era of the early twentieth century, more than a million African Americans left the South for northern cities, where they took advantage of economic opportunities and created thriving communities.
Format: article
By Shepherd W. McKinley and Cynthia Risser McKinley.
Culture everywhere
In Intrigue of the Past, page 1.3
In their study of culture, students will use a chart to show the different ways that cultures meet basic human needs and recognize that archaeologists study how people from past cultures met basic needs by analyzing and interpreting the artifacts and sites that they left behind.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Occupations in 1860
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 4.2
List of occupations reported by North Carolinians in the Census of 1860. Includes historical commentary.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Interstate highways from the ground up
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.3
NCDOT resident engineer Stan Hyatt lived in Madison County most of his life, and he loved hunting and exploring the mountain when he was younger. He helped design and build I-26, a project that meant the destruction of some of the environment where he grew up. He talks about the costs and benefits of highway construction in this interview.
Format: interview
By Kristin Post.
Archibald Murphey calls for better inland navigation
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.7
Excerpt from Archibald Murphey’s Report to the Committee on Inland Navigation in which he calls for the government to invest in the state’s internal transportation system as a way to break their dependency on neighboring states and to increase land values, population and state revenue.
Format: report/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert and L. Maren Wood.
Fort Sumter
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 1.3
The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. Federal troops refused to leave the fort after South Carolina seceded, and South Carolina's forces fired on the fort on the morning of April 12, 1861.
Format: article
North Carolina's wartime miracle: Defending the nation
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.10
After the United States entered World War II, North Carolina became one of the leading states in the nation's growing military efforts. This article looks at the state's contributions and the war's impact on North Carolina.
Format: article
By John S. Duvall.
Covering the beat: The University in the WWII Era
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.11
Hugh MacRae Morton, as a student at the University of North Carolina from 1939-1942, served as either official photographer or photograph editor for almost all of the major campus publications. He covered everything from basketball games and pep rallies to...
Format: essay
By Janis Holder.
The strike begins
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.2
Article from the Gastonia Daily Gazette at the beginning of the Loray Mill strike in 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.