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.

From the education reference

whole language
Instructional philosophy that emphasizes reading for meaning and reading in context. Whole language instruction focuses on a variety of strategies (for example, open-ended questions, discussions) to facilitate students' meaningful interpretations of texts, and does not advocate breaking language study into isolated skill components as practiced in phonics instruction.
English as a second language
Designation for students whose native language is not English or for programs designed to teach such students. As a method of instruction, ESL usually involves pulling students out of the regular classroom for English instruction.
English as a foreign language
The study of English by non-native speakers or the teaching of English to such learners.
English language learners
Students (in U.S. schools) whose native language is other than English working to master English. They may be immigrants or children born in the United States. Usually such students receive bilingual education or English as a second language services.
English language development
Curriculum of instruction for English language learners.
cognitive academic language proficiency
Academic language students experience in school. CALP develops over a five to seven year period in the language acquisition of English (or foreign) language learners.

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LinguaFolio training modules
In these LinguaFolio training modules, learn to use this language portfolio tool to help students assess their language competencies, document their intercultural activities, and become reflective and autonomous in their language learning.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Mandarin Chinese I | 中文课程1
Part one of an online textbook for learning Mandarin Chinese.
Format: book (multiple pages)
A writing process
This edition presents a writing process through discussion, examples, and suggested resources to help teachers guide students through writing assignments.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Invention convention
In this integrated unit, students will draw upon language arts, science, and math while inventing a magnetic or electric product. The lessons in this unit provide accommodations for English Language Learners at a variety of developmental levels.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Reading comprehension and English language learners
Teaching reading comprehension and helping English language learners are the responsibility of every teacher, but they are also within the abilities of every teacher. These articles provide strategies for building content-area reading comprehension before, during, and after reading that can help English language learners — and all learners.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach
This collection of kindergarten lesson plans uses classic nursery rhymes to teach curriculum objectives in math, English language arts, science, and healthful living.
Format: (multiple pages)
The five features of effective writing
The five Features of Effective Writing — focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions — are a valuable tool for understanding good writing and organizing your writing instruction. By teaching these features, you can help your students become more effective writers in any genre, at any level, and make your writing instruction easier to manage at the same time. This series of articles, written with the support of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will show you how.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The Walking Classroom
Lesson plans and podcasts aligned to the fifth grade curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Preservice teacher education resources
Educational resources for preservice teachers taking methods courses.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
A new language
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 4
Once it became a French “protectorate” with puppet emperors, Vietnamese upper class leaders fiercely debated the relative merits of Chinese Confucian versus Western European knowledge and power. By the 1920s, though, they decided to adopt
By Lorraine Aragon.
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)
About the English Language Development Standard Course of Study
An introduction to the North Carolina curriculum for English language learners, including an explanation of the domains and proficiency levels of language acquisition.
Format: article/help
The Cherokee language and syllabary
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.2
In the early nineteenth century, a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah invented a syllabary, or syllabic alphabet, for the Cherokee language. Within a few years, books and newspapers were printed in Cherokee, and by 1830, as many as 90 percent of Cherokee were literate in their own language. This article includes audio recordings of spoken Cherokee.
Format: article
Star for a day name fun
This lesson contains a short, simple activity to help students learn greetings and introductions in the target language.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts
Format: document (multiple pages)
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
English language learners
An introduction to LEARN NC's resources for teachers and administrators working with students with limited English proficiency.
Format: bibliography/help
Los adjetivos con el verbo “estar”
Students will learn adjectives of emotion with the verb estar and make a booklet illustrating the new vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Karen Hayworth.
Around the world in one semester!
This lesson is a semester-long project that focuses on countries that speak the target language. Students will research a chosen country and do an oral presentation for the class. They will then research and present a current event weekly for the remainder of the semester.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Crystal Humphrey and Michelle Chrismon.