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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World War I propaganda posters
U.S. Government propaganda posters spelled out the reasons for American involvement in World War I and encouraged all Americans to help in the war effort.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
African American soldiers
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.9
After Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, some 180,000 African American soldiers fought for the Union cause in the Civil War.
Format: article
Souvenirs of war
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 16
Visible in the tray are metal badges from U.S., French, and Vietnamese soldiers as well as “dog tags” worn by U.S. soliders for identification, silverware, a pocket knife, a razor, a string of old Chinese coins with holes in the center, and two...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Rama's soldiers capture Mongkut
In The Ramayana, page 7.11
Rama's army captures his son Mongkut in the forest, as portrayed in a mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple. A circle of Rama's soldiers standing at attention, holding tall lances and dressed in alternate brown and blue uniforms, surrounds Sita and her...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The experiences of black soldiers
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 6.4
This UNC-TV documentary looks at the experiences of black North Carolinians in World War II.
Format: documentary
Dog tents
Dog tents
A small two-man tent from the Civil War, nicknamed the "dog tent" by soldiers. First introduced in 1862, many Union and Confederate soldiers were issued one for shelter during active campaign. The soldiers joked that only a dog could crawl under it to stay...
Format: image/photograph
Battle of Mogadishu
Battle of Mogadishu
U.S. soldiers return to their base after a mission in Somalia in 1993.
Format: image/photograph
Hanuman makes a bridge
In The Ramayana, page 4.7
In this image, as seen on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, a huge Hanuman lies crouched on his stomach on the bluff at right with his tail extended and wrapped around rocks on the bluff at left. Hanuman's open-mouthed face looks back over his right shoulder...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Soviet soldiers advance through the rubble in Stalingrad
Soviet soldiers advance through the rubble in Stalingrad
Four Soviet soldiers carefully climb over the rubble of bombed buildings in Stalingrad. One soldier crawls over the top of a pile of rubble while another takes cover behind a wall of a building. Two other soldiers follow them.
Format: image/photograph
Civil War soldiers playing cards
Civil War soldiers playing cards
At an encampment at Petersburg, Virginia, soldiers of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry play cards in front of their tents during the Civil War.
Format: image/photograph
American soldiers carrying wounded comrade
American soldiers carrying wounded comrade
Four American soldiers carry a wounded comrade through swampy terrain during the Vietnam War.
Format: image/photograph
Soldiers in Washington, D.C. during 1968 riot
Soldiers in Washington, D.C. during 1968 riot
Soldiers stand in the streets of Washington, D.C., near the ruins of buildings that were destroyed in the riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
Format: image/photograph
Removing dead Civil War soldiers
Removing dead Civil War soldiers
At Cold Harbor, Virginia, African American men gather up the bones of Civil War soldiers killed in battle.
Format: image/photograph
Temple of the Soldiers
Temple of the Soldiers
Temple of the Soldiers in Chichen Itza, Mexico
Format: image/photograph
You ate what??
After reading the novel, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, students will use primary sources to relate Paul's experience to the life of a North Carolina soldier. Students will create their own primary source journal entry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Kari Siko.
Confederate soldier cooking
Confederate soldier cooking
Soldiers both North and South had to cook their own food depending on what was available in the area or through foraging details. Here, a Confederate soldier peels potatoes to prepare a stew for his fellow soldiers. Photographed at the living history program...
Format: image/photograph
Civil War uniforms
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.3
Article describes the clothing and baggage of northern and southern soldiers during the U.S. Civil War. Includes video of a Civil War reenactment.
Format: article
Soldiers' food
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.4
Soldiers in the Civil War survived on food that could be preserved and carried long distances -- mainly hardtack, cornmeal, bacon, molasses, and coffee.
Format: article
Home is where you dig it
Home is where you dig it
Three soldiers sit before a fighting bunker that bears the handwritten sign "Home is where you dig it."
Format: image/photograph
Continental soldiers
Continental soldiers
Continental soldiers -- portrayed here at a reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse -- were of all ages and wore a variety of uniforms. They didn't look like a professional army by European standards, but by 1781, they had learned to fight like one....
Format: image/photograph