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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Slave songs
In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection. This is a great lesson to introduce the intersection of religion and slavery in a US history or African American history class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
The Changing Face of Mexico
Essays and activities exploring Mexican culture, past and present. Includes historical perspectives, classroom activities, and recipes.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Methodist camp meeting, March 1, 1819
Methodist camp meeting, March 1, 1819
Format: image/illustration
Religious camp meeting
Religious camp meeting
Format: image/painting
A slave preaching
A slave preaching
Slave preaching on a cotton plantation near Port Royal, South Carolina.
Format: image/illustration
Religion and slavery in the American South: Comparing perspectives
In this lesson plan, students consult a variety of primary sources from the Documenting the American South Collection to uncover the varied impacts of religion in the lives of slaves in the American South. They are encouraged to seek out multiple, and sometimes contradictory, perspectives of this history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Five Faiths
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.4
The Five Faiths Project, developed by the Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, combines original works of art, photographs, storytelling and community events to introduce information about the world religions of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Format: article
Graphic organizer: The well-ordered family
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about children's duties toward their parents. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer questions about the reading passage.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Revival hymn
Revival hymn
Four-part notation for "Judgment Anthem."
Format: image/book
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
Sacramental Scene in a Western Forest
Sacramental Scene in a Western Forest
Illustration of a revival in the woods. Several hundred people, seated, listen to a preacher. In foreground, apart from the crowd, a man leans on a tree, propping his gun on the ground, listening; his horse is tethered nearby.
Format: image/illustration
Interracial "harmony" and the Great Awakening
The students will be introduced to two episodes in 19th-century American history, around the time of the Great Awakening, that show glimpses of some positive and negative consequences of interracial interaction in a religious context. The students will examine primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection to then be able to write a "sermon" from the perspective of a southern itinerant preacher during the Great Awakening arguing for or against religion as a cure for the social ill of racism and slavery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
A new religion
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 18
This elaborate temple at Tay Ninh, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955. The congregation, seen from behind, sits cross-legged on the floor with their hands held up in front of their chests. White robes...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Graphic organizer: Nathan Cole and the First Great Awakening
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt that describes a revival in the 1760s.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Sherburne
Lyrics: While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of the Lord came down, And glory shone around. All glory be to God on high And to the earth be peace, Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men Begin and never...
Format: audio/music
Moravian seal
Moravian seal
The Moravian seal, symbol of the Moravian church. The image at the center dates to the 1500s, and is referred to as the Agnus Dei -- Latin for "Lamb of God." The lamb, who represents Jesus Christ, holds a staff with a banner representing...
Format: image/illustration
Circuit rider from Harper's Weekly
Circuit rider from Harper's Weekly
On the cover of Harper's Weekly magazine from October 12, 1867, a "circuit preacher" on horseback huddles under an umbrella in a vain attempt to stay dry.
Format: image/magazine
The sounds of prayer in Southeast Asia
This minilesson uses audio recordings of the prayers of three different religions as an introduction to the cultural diversity of Southeast Asia.
Format: lesson plan
By David Walbert.
Plan of a camp meeting, 1809
Plan of a camp meeting, 1809
This sketch, by Benjamin Latrobe, shows the layout of an 1809 Methodist camp meeting in Fairfax County, Virginia. Note that the men's seats were separated from the women's and the "negro tents" from the whites.' This is an example of the racial segregation...
Format: image/illustration
India
Having had few opportunities to learn about Asia when they were in school, many teachers find themselves challenged when faced with teaching their own students about India. We've put together a variety of resources from our collections that will not only provide you with the background information you need to know about the history, culture, and religions of India, but will also furnish you with the professional materials you need to catch your students interest and teach effectively about this complex nation.
Format: bibliography/help