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Topography of North Carolina and its influence on settlement
This lesson explores where North Carolina is in relation to the United States and North America. Also, we will explore the different regions of North Carolina and how the topography of the region affected settlement.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Jessica Wilson and Tabitha Horton.
Address from inhabitants near Haw River
The request of the Inhabitants of the West side of Haw river to the Assembly men and Vestry men of Orange County Whereas the Taxes in the County are larger according to the number of Taxables than adjacent counties and continues so year after year,...
Format: petition
Wachovia monument
Wachovia monument
This monument memorializes the establishment of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. Created in 1806, it stands at the original site of the log cabin occupied by the first group of Moravian settlers. It reads: Wachovia settlement,...
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Early exploration of North Carolina, the Algonquin culture, the Roanoke Island settlement - these are just some of the exhibits that can be seen at the North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The land of milk and honey: Relocated or not
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 4
In this lesson, students read primary sources to learn about the establishment of the city of New Bern, North Carolina. The students will also use maps to draw conclusions about what was read.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Lara Willox.
Diary of a journey of Moravians
First-hand account of the journey of twelve Moravian brothers from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Bethabara, North Carolina in 1753.
Format: diary (multiple pages)
Politics and economics of land settlement in colonial North Carolina
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 10
In this lesson, students will use a primary source document to examine the political nature of land settlement in North Carolina. The influence of the economy on the land settlement will also be highlighted. Students will also learn about colonial industry in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
A lintel in Structure 1 of Bonampak in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
A lintel in Structure 1 of Bonampak in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The settlement of Bonampak is located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It appears to archaeologists that the buildings on this site were built between 580 and 800 as part of a small Mayan settlement with dependent ties to Yaxchilan, a larger site further north....
Format: image/photograph
Discussion questions: Expanding to the west
This set of discussion questions was designed to help students understand an article about the settlement of the Piedmont region of North Carolina between 1730 and 1775.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Discovering North Carolina: A colonial map webquest
In North Carolina maps, page 2.5
In this lesson, students engage in a webquest in which they take on the role of a seventeenth-century explorer commissioned by the King of England to collect information about the area he intends to call North Carolina. Through this activity, students identify the geographic aspects that influenced exploration and settlement and connect narratives with geographic locations for topics including discovery, Native Americans, and politics.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Teaching suggestions: Graveyard of the Atlantic
Suggested activities for use with the article "Graveyard of the Atlantic," which explains why the waters off North Carolina's coast have been unusually treacherous for shipping.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
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
Social Studies Methods: 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.5
World History Critical Understandings: ancient civilizations, medieval civilizations, first age of global interaction, exploration and expansion, Age of Revolutions and Rebellions, modern era, and the last half of the twentieth century...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Reading guide: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.8
This worksheet will help students understand the article "Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region" and will encourage them to make connections between the Chesapeake Indians and the Indians of coastal North Carolina. Students will also consider multiple perspectives as they think critically about the interactions between Indians and newly-arrived Europeans in the 1600s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Fresco in Structure 1 at Bonampak, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
Fresco in Structure 1 at Bonampak, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
The settlement of Bonampak is located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It appears to archaeologists that the buildings on this site were built between 580 and 800 as part of a small Mayan settlement with dependent ties to Yaxchilan, a larger site further north....
Format: image/photograph
Greensboro Historical Museum
Discover the rich history of Greensboro and the North Carolina Piedmont at the Greensboro Historical Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Scottish Heritage Center
The earliest settlers of Scotland County were Highland Scots. The Scottish Heritage Center celebrates the music, history, and culture of these ancestors.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Museum of the Cape Fear
This museum interprets the history and culture of southern North Carolina from prehistory to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Bethabara building
Bethabara building
Recreation of a building in Bethabara, the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph