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Blue Ridge Paper Mill Tours
The Blue Ridge Paper Mill is one of the oldest paper mills in the United States and has tours of the facility by appointment only.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Blue Ridge Paper Mill in Canton, North Carolina
Blue Ridge Paper Mill in Canton, North Carolina
This is the Blue Ridge Paper Mill in Canton, North Carolina. It is one of the oldest paper mills in the country and is one of the best-paying employers in the region. The mill has been under fire for many years for the level of pollutants that it contributes...
Format: image/photograph
An industry representative visits Loray Mills
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 8.3
Article from the Charlotte Observer during the Loray Mill strike in Gastonia, 1929. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Canton Area Historical Museum
Students will learn about the beginnings of this western North Carolina town, it's history, and the industry that sustains it.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cooleemee's Textile Heritage Center
This historic center was built so that the people of the Carolina mill industry would not be forgotten. The center celebrates and strives to preserve their values and their way of life to share with future generations.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Children at work: Exposing child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas
In this lesson, students will learn about the use of child labor in the cotton mills of the Carolinas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They will learn what life was like for a child worker and then write an investigative news report exposing the practice of child labor in the mills, using quotations from oral histories with former child mill workers and photographs of child laborers taken by social reform photographer Lewis Hine.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Rhyming with Jack and Jill
In Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach, page 4
In this kindergarten lesson plan, students develop phonemic awareness by completing rhyming riddles.
Format: lesson plan (grade K English Language Arts and Healthful Living)
By Lisa Wright.
Societal attitudes towards women
In this oral history excerpt, Rosamonde Boyd discusses reasons why women have traditionally taken a deferential role to men. In particular she focuses on her view that many women were unwilling to endanger their security. She also touches upon the issue of...
Format: audio
Let's become chefs!
The following is designed to teach students the characteristics of a recipe. The characteristics to be taught about this genre are: the step-by-step directions, ingredient words and numerical measures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Sarah Ann Parker.
The mystery of the missing hippo!
In this lesson, students will engage with a variety of primary documents from the Commemorative Landscapes database to learn about the mystery of the missing hippo statue in Orange County.
Format: lesson plan
By Kate Allman.
Probate inventory of James and Anne Pollard, Tyrrell County, 1750
In Colonial North Carolina, page 7.7
Probate inventory of a wealthy couple in colonial North Carolina. Includes explanations and photographs of items listed.
Format: inventory
The California Gold Rush
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 7.3
The California Gold Rush, which began in 1848, caused thousands of people to head west, most of them by land across the American continent.
Format: article
Small-town businesses, 1903
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.10
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.5
Excerpts from The North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory, 1903, for the towns of Jefferson and Washington. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Industrialization in North Carolina
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.7
Industrialization needed five things -- capital, labor, raw materials, markets, and transportation -- and in the 1870s, North Carolina had all of them. This article explains the process of industrialization in North Carolina, with maps of factory and railroad growth.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Propaganda war: Patriots vs. Loyalists
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.3
In this lesson plan for grade eight, students adopt the role of a Patriot or Loyalist during the American Revolution. Students create advertisements to persuade others to join their side.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
Evaluating woody biomass options for North Carolina's electricity future
In this high-school lesson, students learn about the pros and cons of co-firing woody biomass fuels with coal to produce electricity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies)
By Dana Haine.
Will of Richard Blackledge, Craven County, 1776
In Colonial North Carolina, page 7.8
Will of a wealthy plantation owner in colonial North Carolina. Includes explanations and photographs of items listed.
Format: will/primary source
Self-Sufficiency on the farm: Gardening, picking, canning, cracklings, and sewing
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.1
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 5.3
Oral history interview with Louella Odessa Saunders Amar, born 1930, who spent her first seven years living on a sharecropping farm near Roanoke, Virginia. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Ethics
This lesson for sixth and seventh grade introduces students to ethical discussions and dilemmas. It uses two well known scenarios, the Prisoner’s Dilemma and Plato’s Ring of Gyges. Lessons stress a deep understanding of community and our obligations.
Format: lesson plan
By James Baker Renneckar and Peter Warrington.
Learning on the go: The new age of handheld devices
Handheld devices open up a world of possibilities for the classroom. This article looks at types of handheld devices and discusses the benefits and challenges in teaching with them.
Format: article/best practice
By Jennifer Job.