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


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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
This regional museum strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the natural, historic and artistic heritage of this "back country region at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mountain Gateway Museum
A trip to the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort gives students a look into the past and helps them understand the importance of preserving local and regional history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Rural Life Museum at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill College
Through its exhibits and programs, the Rural Life Museum helps students to learn about their rich rural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Museum of the Albemarle
Students can explore the lives of inhabitants, the development of industries, and the Albemarle area's social and cultural background at this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Raleigh: A Capital City
An itinerary for a tour of the capital of the Old North State. The site provides information and photographs for Raleigh's historic districts, architecture, parks and recreational areas, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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
Curriculum alignment
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.3
Here you will find ideas for aligning lessons that include LGBTQIA topics to both Common Core and NC Essential Standards.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
May Museum and Park
The museum houses the collection of May family artifacts and artifacts pertaining to the history of the Farmville area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Students will learn about the rich maritime history of the North Carolina coast as well as the coastal environment and barrier island ecology.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Davidson County Historical Museum
Located in the Old Davidson County Courthouse (ca. 1858), the Museum is the centerpiece of Uptown Lexington's National Register Historic District. Visit the Museum to learn more about local and regional history while exploring the grandest of North Carolina's antebellum courthouses.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Slavery in North Carolina
The resources on this page are designed to provide an opportunity for students to explore the history of slavery in North Carolina by reading slave narratives. Through these lessons, students will analyze the cultural background and the daily life of the authors of these narratives.
Format: lesson plan
Slavery across North Carolina
In this lesson, students read excerpts from slave narratives to gain an understanding of how slavery developed in each region of North Carolina and how regional differences created a variety of slave experiences.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Where have we been? Tracing family through a timeline of national history
In this lesson, students are introduced to examples of how wars and technological developments have impacted the movement of people throughout United States and world history. Using a timeline, students will begin to connect historical events with the people they impacted. They will then investigate where their families fit into history in both time and place.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Social Studies)
Greenville Museum of Art
Permanent exhibits include 19th and 20th century art, North Carolina art and an impressive collection of Jugtown pottery.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The growth of cities
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.4
Cities grew rapidly after the Civil War, in North Carolina as across the United States. But the great majority of North Carolina's population remained rural. This article includes maps and tables of census data.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Key industries: Biotechnology
In Recent North Carolina, page 3.4
Biotechnology is a perfect example of a "new economy" industry, a sector that did not exist as we know it a century ago but is a major economic driver for many national and regional economies today. This article gives an overview of the biotechnology industry in North Carolina.
Format: article
North Carolina Museum of History
Get a sneak preview of the Museum before you visit! You can search for artifacts, preview the exhibitions, and read about important events in North Carolina history. The Museum offers teachers a variety of resources--many are online! Find lesson plans, information on history in a box kits, professional development workshops, and more!
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Fort Branch - Confederate Earthen Fort
Recognized by the state of North Carolina as a regional historic site, Fort Branch at Rainbow Banks was the cornerstone of the entire Roanoke Valley's defense during the Civil War.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Mountain dialect: Reading between the spoken lines
This lesson plan uses Chapter 13 of Our Southern Highlanders as a jumping-off point to help students achieve social studies and English language arts objectives while developing an appreciation of the uniqueness of regional speech patterns, the complexities of ethnographic encounter, and the need to interrogate primary sources carefully to identify potential biases and misinformation in them. Historical content includes American slavery, the turn of the century, and the Great Depression.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kathryn Walbert.
Moses Cone Memorial Park and Flat Top Manor
This historic mansion houses one of five shops of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. The crafts which include jewelry, pottery, glass figurines, and framed and unframed artwork are handmade by over 300 regional artists. Visitors can hear how the artists have come to make these wonderful crafts.
Format: article/field trip opportunity