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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literature circles
Classroom organizational strategy designed to facilitate in-depth conversations about literature among students. Literature circles are characterized by student-centered responses to literature, collaborative exploration of a text's themes, and higher-order thinking as students pursue and explore questions and insights about literature.

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Curiosities of Literature
Curiosities of Literature
Format: image/photograph
Alternative discussion formats
Class discussions often take one of two forms — either question-and-answer sessions, in which the teacher throws out questions and students answer them, or debates. Both of these formats are useful, but adding a few more ideas to your teaching repertoire can make for more variety in the classroom and provide more opportunities for engaging discussions. This edition explains how to manage dicussions in the form of a public relations campaign, a trial, a talk show, or the design of monuments, memorials, and museum exhibits.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Reading picture books: resources for teachers
Illustrations, picturebook finding aids, and great picture book websites.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Teaching voice
This lesson helps students to develop an effective voice by selecting words that are clear, concrete, and exact. Exercises are based on model sentences from world literature selections.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Pamela Beal.
Justifying inclusion
In Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, page 4
The following books, databases, and websites will help you justify including a work in your collection according to developmental needs and critical review. Books Nilsen, A. P. (2001). Stages of literary appreciation....
Format: article
By Will Cross and Kimberly Hirsh.
Finding and using literary criticism
A guide for high school students to finding and using literary criticism, in print and on the web.
By Melissa Thibault.
Oedipus the King reader's theatre
Students will rewrite the Greek tragedy in a modern context in order to review and analyze the plot. This assignment is designed as a final project in a Greek Theatre unit. It is expected that the literature has already been read and analyzed as a class. I have found that this project is an innovative way to review for a unit test on the play and Greek Theatre.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
Making equal shares
This activity is designed to connect literature and math. The students will use manipulatives and literature to reinforce the concept of equal sharing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Mathematics)
By Tara Almeida.
Wilkes County Heritage Museum
The Old Wilkes County Courthouse is now a museum which showcases the rich history of this county.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Literature lamps: The Weirdo
Literature is tied to an integrated curriculum for student success. Emphasis is on reading and communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Wendy Sirias.
Replica of a period newspaper: World literature
Students will research a specific time in history in order to create the front page of a newspaper relevant to the selected time period.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Kim Dechant.
Digital literature
Electronic books offer numerous benefits: They're usually searchable, they can be made instantly accessible to the visually impaired, they're often free, and, perhaps best of all, they're accessible right now. This list compiles some of the best sources for finding great works of literature on the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Animal folktales: Legends, superheroes, and pourquoi tales
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.2
By writing a narrative about an animal rather than a traditional report, students can learn about literature, develop writing skills, and still fulfill science and research objectives.
By Melissa Thibault.
Teaching point of view
In this lesson plans, students compare and contrast a folktale and a 1903 primary source account in order to gain an understanding of point of view.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts)
By Angela Strother.
Picturing America at the turn of the twentieth century
Students link together the literature and the history of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Questions guide students as they study visual documents. Students also read the teacher's choice of two widely anthologized short stories and an excerpt from a best-selling novel of the period. Two exercises will raise student awareness of the impact that visual images have on their lives: one that is based on internet advertising and a second that results in a student-produced scrapbook.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Scott Culclasure.
English Language Arts Methods: Grades 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.4
Common Core State Standards Click here for more details on these standards. OBJECTIVE 1: Reading Literature Skills Covered: key ideas and details, craft and...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Literature-based newspaper: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Students will create an Eatonville newspaper depicting the characters and events in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Swartz.
Is no man an island?
This unit is designed to encourage thinking about our connectedness to and responsibilities toward others. Materials in this unit are used to demonstrate humankind's need to refute an impersonal natural order.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Jewell Kendrick.
The Sign of the Beaver real estate advertisement
Having read The Sign of the Beaver and the Sunday Real Estate section of the newspaper, create a slide show designed to sell Matt's cabin to buyers in early America.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By CarrieAnne Blocker.