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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Highlighting revisions, glossing changes
By highlighting their revisions and explaining (i.e.,glossing) the changes they have made to a draft of their work, students will not only become more proficient writers but will also become more conscious of the process of revision and thus more reflective writers. Further, teachers will find it easier to monitor and evaluate student revisions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Peter Bobbe.
English Language Arts Methods: Grades 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.5
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
Sentence combining and decombining
Students will focus on stylistic choices and sentence fluency by combining, decombining, and recombining sentences in professional writing, peer writing, and their own writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts)
By Peter Bobbe.
Discovering just the right word
Precise word choice helps show the reader a story and not just tell a story. The purpose of this series of lessons is to help students improve their writing style by strengthening word choice at the word and sentence level by adding adverbs, precise verbs, and specific nouns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Lesson plans for teaching support and elaboration
A collection of LEARN NC's lesson plans for teaching support and elaboration, the third of the five features of effective writing.
Format: bibliography/help
Sentence combining
This lesson is designed for students who write short choppy sentences. Students will learn to combine short choppy sentences that develop their ideas and involve the reader in the action of the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Focus in writing
This brief lesson will help students recognize when a paragraph loses focus and will help them understand the concept of focus.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Peter Bobbe.
Korner's Folly House Museum
"Korner's Folly - The strangest house in the world!" Students will enjoy the eccentricities of this late 19th century home.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
One, two, three... go Poe!
In this lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast three short stories they have read by Edgar Allan Poe. The assignment will be divided into three parts: (1) They will have read and discussed or completed other classroom activities on each of the three stories. (2) They will work in small groups to brainstorm and create comparison/contrast charts that will be shared with the class. (3) Students will create their own graphic organizers based on the ideas shared in step two and then create a draft and final paper.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–11 English Language Arts)
By Janie Peak.
Exciting narrative endings
This lesson emphasizes the importance of a strong ending for a narrative essay and teaches students specific items to include in their endings.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Ann Jolly.
Story surgery
As early as first grade, children can begin to revise their stories using "Story Surgery." In this lesson, students learn how to use scissors to perform "story surgery" by cutting their stories apart at the point where more information can be added.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Search for synonyms: A thesaurus lesson
Students will expand their vocabulary and learn the advantages of using a thesaurus. Students will edit and enrich personal writing samples using both print and online thesauri.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Erin Bradfeldt and Joan Milliken.
Lesson plans collection policy
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 1.1
LEARN NC's policies for accepting lesson plans for publication and managing its collection of lesson plans.
Format: article/help
Narrative writing: Using exact words
The learner will recognize exact verbs in literature and then use more exact verbs when writing a narrative.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Georgette Rush.
Helping students understand text structures: Informational problem/solution
This exercise teaches students to understand the organizational structure of problem/solution essays by having them write "what it says" and "what it does" statements about a text. Asking students to write these statements about a text will enable students to read the text closely and will ensure that they understand the structure of a problem/solution text.
Format: lesson plan (grade 10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
First draft/final draft
Students will compare paragraphs with and without elaboration and descriptive details. They will learn how to revise their own writing by adding descriptive details such as adjectives, adverbs, concrete nouns, and precise verbs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Why problem-centered learning?
The world our students will live and work in will require them to gather, organize, and interpret data in the process of finding solutions to complex problems. Problem-centered learning creates a model where the student becomes the thinker.
Format: article
By Mike Kestner.
Seeing two poems
This lesson will teach students how to actively read a poem and identify poetic devices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts)
By Karyn A. Gloden.
Hello, friend!: Writing a friendly letter
Students will apply their knowledge of a friendly letter to compose a letter to send to their pen pals. Students will then type up their letters using the Kidspiration program.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and English Language Arts)
By Kelly Norton.
Walking in the woods with Owl Moon
This is an integrated project using the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Students will use the story to write a personal narrative, understand the elements of a story, and practice answering open-ended questions.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Birty Lightner.