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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Teaching suggestions: African and African American storytelling
These teaching suggestions present a variety of ways to work with an article about African and African American storytelling traditions in the context of American slavery. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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
African and African American storytelling
In Colonial North Carolina, page 4.7
The advent of slavery led to changes in the tradition of African storytelling. Tales in Africa had once featured the lion, elephant, and hyena; African tales in America began to star the rabbit, fox, and bear. To the African in slavery, the Brer Rabbit tales became a source of identity.
Format: article
By Madafo Lloyd Wilson.
About this slideshow
The version of the Ramayana told in this slideshow is not a literal or complete retelling of any single classical or modern version of the epic. It is based primarily on the Ramakien, the Ramayana as rewritten by Rama I and Rama II of...
Center for Diversity Education
The CDE is entirely curriculum-focused to assist teachers in embedding a knowledge base of many peoples into the daily content of the classroom in grades K-12. It is the mission of CDE to prepare all students with the necessary skills to maintain a pluralistic democracy in an increasingly complex and diverse nation and world.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina Traditions
North Carolina is rich in traditions. From crafts such as quilting and basketry to storytelling and Jack Tales, there is much to learn and enjoy. Traditions have been passed down through the generations and it is important that we preserve them for generations to come.
Format: bibliography/help
Storytellers in the Mountains of North Carolina
Students will study five famous North Carolina storytellers: Jackie Torrence, Ray Hicks, Donald Davis, David Holt, and Sheila Kay Adams. They will research how their stories were collected and how they developed their storytelling styles that distinguish them from other tellers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Martha Hayes.
Vessels in Greek art: Museum visit
This lesson focuses on the uses, shapes, importance, and historical storytelling on Greek vessels in art.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–2 Visual Arts Education)
By Katie O'Connor.
Folktales and Fairy Tales
We all had favorite folktales we learned when we were growing up. LEARN NC has compiled a selection of instructional resources to teach students of all ages about folktales and fairy tales.
Format: bibliography/help
Animal folktales: Legends, superheroes, and pourquoi tales
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.2
By writing a narrative about an animal rather than a traditional report, students can learn about literature, develop writing skills, and still fulfill science and research objectives.
By Melissa Thibault.
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
Connecting folktales and culture in North Carolina and beyond
Students will explore connections to North Carolina culture as they engage in reading and analyzing three folktales of North Carolina Literary Festival author, William Hooks. After comparing these stories to other versions of the traditional tales, students will become authors and storytellers themselves as they rewrite a tale from a new cultural point of view. Opportunities are also included to extend this study to world cultures and folktales.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jeanne Munoz.
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Indian Museum of the Carolinas
This Native American museum features the Indians of the past, present day Indian groups and Indians of North America.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lesson plans on the web
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 2.3
This page provides links to a variety of philosophical lesson plans for elementary teachers.
Format: bibliography
Rural Life Museum at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill College
Through its exhibits and programs, the Rural Life Museum helps students to learn about their rich rural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Occaneechi School Days
Attend the annual School Days at the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation tribal land and learn about the culture, history, and traditions of this Indian tribe.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
There is something for everybody at this wonderful facility which provides both theater and library related activities.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
North Carolina American Indian stories
In this lesson students will select and read stories from some of the North Carolina American Indian tribes. They will compare and contrast two stories of their choice and complete a Venn diagram. Students will use the information on the Venn diagram to write three paragraphs. After reading several American Indian tales or legends, students will then create their own legend using the narrative writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Janice Gardner.
My favorite women: My Great Aunt Arizona
These three (or four) 45-minute lessons will introduce kindergarteners and first graders to Women's History Month. The students listen to the story of author Gloria Houston's great-aunt, Arizona Houston Hughes. During and following the listening and viewing experiences, the students will discuss their experiences with women in their own history who are helping them become good citizens and grow up well.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Floanna Long.