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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Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools
These articles provide background on Latino immigrants in North Carolina, administrative challenges in binational education, and strategies through which teachers can build on what Latino students bring to their classrooms to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Graphic organizer: From Caledonia to Carolina
Graphic organizer designed to aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the immigration of Highland Scots to North Carolina in the colonial era.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Educator's guide: The arrival of Swiss immigrants
Teaching suggestions to help your students synthesize the information in the article "The Arrival of Swiss Immigrants."
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Migration into and out of North Carolina: Exploring census data
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 4.2
Just how many people left North Carolina in the first half of the nineteenth century -- and where did they go? To answer questions like this, the best place to turn is census records. The census can't tell us why people moved, but a look at the numbers can give us a sense of the scale of the migration.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Farm animal immigrants
Students will identify a rare or endangered farm animal and then locate its country of origin on a world map. Students will also research the animal and its uses to determine why it was imported.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Social Studies)
By Meg Millard and Pamela Webb.
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Immigrants land at Ellis Island
Immigrants land at Ellis Island
Format: image/photograph
Turning the century
Students will create a museum display illustrating life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Lisa Stamey.
Percent Latino population, 1970
Percent Latino population, 1970
Percentage of each county's population in 1970 that was of Latino ancestry.
Format: image/map
Percent Latino population, 1980
Percent Latino population, 1980
Percentage of each county's population in 1980 that was of Latino ancestry.
Format: image/map
Percent Latino population, 1990
Percent Latino population, 1990
Percentage of each county's population in 1990 that was of Latino ancestry.
Format: image/map
Percent Latino population, 2000
Percent Latino population, 2000
Percentage of each county's population in 2000 that was of Latino ancestry.
Format: image/map
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
Center for Diversity Education
The CDE is entirely curriculum-focused to assist teachers in embedding a knowledge base of many peoples into the daily content of the classroom in grades K-12. It is the mission of CDE to prepare all students with the necessary skills to maintain a pluralistic democracy in an increasingly complex and diverse nation and world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Latino children at immigrant rights rally
Latino children at immigrant rights rally
A Latino boy and girl wave U.S. flags at an Immigrants' Rights March in San Francisco's Mission District on the National Day of Action for Immigrants, April 10, 2006.
Format: image/photograph
Immigration in U.S. history
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.5
Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihoods in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country.
Format: article
Immigration from Africa
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.7
North Carolina today is home to people from well over a hundred nations. This article summarizes the various communities of African immigrants living in Guilford County who are listed by the U.S. Census as being simply African American.
Format: article