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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Arts of persuasion
Strategies for teaching middle school students to think critically, analyze persuasive arguments, and use speaking and writing to persuade others.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The March on Washington, 1963
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.8
Video from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom includes Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Format: article
Grammar Scramblers, spreadsheets, and parts of speech
Students use and create Grammar Scramblers with a spreadsheet in order to practice identifying and using parts of speech in a fun way.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–9 English Language Arts)
By Tom Munk.
Ronald Reagan 1964 speech
Ronald Reagan 1964 speech
Ronald Reagan gives a speech in support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964.
Format: image/photograph
Jazzy sentences
This is an interesting activity to help students jazz up or make their sentences more interesting by adding adjectives, adverbs, more vibrant verbs, and descriptive nouns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Helen Potts.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have A Dream” speech
Students will display their understanding of the symbolism and references that Dr. King used to enrich his famous speech on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by constructing a “jackdaw,” a collection of documents and objects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Charlotte Lammers.
Outer Banks English
In this lesson plan, students view a video about the dialect of North Carolina's Outer Banks and develop an understanding of linguistic patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Hannah Askin.
"A date which will live in infamy"
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.4
Speech by President Franklin Roosevelt asking Congress for a declaration of war on Japan, December 8, 1941. Includes audio, transcript, and historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
The War and German Americans
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.5
German Americans faced persecution during World War I, encouraged by President Wilson's administration. This brief article includes a recording and transcript of a 1917 speech by former U.S. ambassador to Germany James W. Gerard, vilifying German Americans.
Format: article
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Red wolf sounds
Format: audio/speech
Diamante poetry using environments: Day two
This lesson will introduce and reinforce learners' understanding of habitat components within an environment. This lesson was designed to be used after the lesson "Animal environments: Day one."
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Science)
By Cheri Cole.
The ABCs of the Three Little Pigs
This lesson uses a familiar fairy tale to teach writing. It is designed to emphasize using varied sentence patterns in writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts)
By Penny Canipe.
Federal recognition for Lumbee Indians
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.9
Introduction North Carolina recognizes the Lumbee Indian Tribe; however, Federal recognition has not been given. Why? What are the criteria for recognition? What are the reasons for and against Lumbee recognition? This lesson uses a teacher-made debate...
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Linda Tabor.
Saving the environment through picture books
This lesson looks at environmental issues and man's relationship to the environment over time using main ideas and supporting details. The content comes from two picture books: Brother Eagle, Sister Sky and A River Ran Wild.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Science)
By Libba Sager.
Using bilingual dictionaries
This lesson focuses on learning to use a bilingual dictionary while acquiring first and second language vocabulary about language and grammar.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Second Languages)
By Carolyn Zuttel.
The Wilmington Race Riot
In North Carolina in the New South, page 8.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.8
In November 1898, on the heels of the state Democratic Party's white supremacy campaign, violence broke out in Wilmington. A white mob burned the offices of a black newspaper and killed at least twenty-five African Americans.
Format: article
"Nationalism and Americanism"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.16
Recording and transcript of a speech by Warren G. Harding during his 1920 campaign for president. Harding addressed the issue of American involvement overseas and spoke specifically about the relationship of immigrants to their home countries abroad. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
Let's hunt for vivid vocabulary!
This activity will be used to encourage students to focus on using an enriched vocabulary. During an oral reading of the book A Bad Case of Stripes, the students will search and identify various nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, dialogue tags, and transition words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Susan Byrd.
"The duty of colored citizens to their country"
In North Carolina in the New South, page 6.3
Sermon urging African Americans to support the war effort against Spain and to enroll in the U.S. army, thereby making a good statement for themselves and demonstrating their loyalty, even the face of continued suffering.
Format: speech/primary source
Reference resources
In Election 2012, page 3.6
Reference resources to help students and teachers understand election procedures and terminology.
Format: bibliography