K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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The Old Depot Association
The museum provides exhibits that honor the local and mountain heritage and crafts. A photographic exhibit in the Caboose Museum shows the pictures of the history of the depot and has railroad memorabilia and music of the era.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Anti-war demonstrators march down Franklin Street
Anti-war demonstrators march down Franklin Street
Protesters carry signs that read, "End the War Now" and "Get out of Viet Nam, Stay out of the Middle East" during a peaceful anti-war demonstration on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1969. The image is part of the UNC Libraries online exhibit,...
Format: image/photograph
Advertising new products
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.6
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 4.5
Advertisements from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries show new technologies, new tastes, and new ways of marketing goods to consumers.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
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)
Image Analysis of the Bijou Theatre in the early 1900s
In this lesson, students will use postcards and photographs from the Going to the Show digital collection that highlight the moviegoing experience in the early 1900s to expand their critical thinking and visual literacy skills, gain experience analyzing comparable visual images of the same subject, and consider motivations for different visual image constructs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Lisa Speaker.
Learn about the history, cultures, and geography of the nations and peoples of Asia from this sampling of great educational resources that can be found on LEARN NC.
Format: bibliography/help
Women's history
LEARN NC has selected resources from our collections to help your students learn about women's history. Find lesson plans, websites, and articles to help your students learn about the achievements and experiences of women.
Format: bibliography/help
Biltmore Estate
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.1
George Washington Vanderbilt inherited a tremendous sum of money and used it to build a massive house and grounds near Asheville.
Format: article
A guide to teaching about hurricanes, including virtual field trips, lesson plans, and interactive websites.
Format: bibliography/help
Fighting poverty
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.3
Excerpt of an oral history interview with Billy E. Barnes, a photographer known for his documentary work on racial and economic justice issues in the 1950s and 1960s. Barnes served as Director of Public Information for the North Carolina Fund from January 1964 through January 1969.
Format: interview/primary source
The North Carolina mountains in the early 1900s through the writing and photography of Horace Kephart
Students will develop an understanding of daily life and culture in the mountains of North Carolina during the early 20th century through photographs and written sources; practice visual literacy skills and gain experience analyzing visual and written sources of historical information; and learn to revise their early analyses of historical sources and to synthesize the information found in different kinds of primary documents by planning a museum exhibit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Roads taken and not taken: Images and the story of the Blue Ridge Parkway “missing link”
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.12
One of the most cherished and widely retold stories in recent North Carolina history is the tale of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s "missing link" at Grandfather Mountain. This approximately seven-mile section of the road remained uncompleted for two decades after...
Format: article
By Anne Mitchell Whisnant.
A magic carpet ride: Exploring carpet weaving in India
In this lesson, a photo analysis activity helps students learn about carpet weaving in India. Students discuss how this tradition compares to the weaving traditions of other cultures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Of earth, water, and fire: World pottery traditions
In this lesson, a photo analysis activity helps students learn about pottery traditions from around the world. Students discuss how these traditions are similar to and different from one another.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
The process of archaeology
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 2.11
Archaeologists use several processes to address questions about the past. They may gather new data by conducting regional surveys to locate archaeological sites. Occasionally sites are partially or completely excavated to address specific research questions or to salvage information prior to disturbance by a development project. All data recovered are thoroughly analyzed following scientific inquiry procedures before conclusions are reached.
Format: article

Resources on the web

The Great Buildings Collection
Documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Artifice Inc.
Walker Evans Revolutionizes Documentary Photography
Farm Security Administration photographs, information about the conditions that the American tenant-farmer was subject to in the post-Depression 1930's, and information about photography, the process of photographic composition on this site, and how photography... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Ameican Studies at the University of Virginia
Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress
A collection of images of lithographs, etchings, engravings, and drawings of American life and history in the perspective of the artists in the 18th century. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Durham County Library North Carolina Collection
Photographs from historic Durham City and County can be searched or browsed by thumbnail. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Durham County Library
The Great Depression
Learn how to use the Library of Congress' primary source collections for the Great Depression. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Library of Congress