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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“Getting to know you” questionnaire
Title: Getting to Know You Binder Section: Daily Work Date:   Name:   Subject:...
By Kristi Johnson Smith.
Graphic organizer: Marriage in colonial North Carolina
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about marriage in colonial North Carolina.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The election of 1860: Results by state
Table of electoral votes by state in the 1860 U.S. presidential election.
Format: data set
Graphic organizer: Janet Schaw on American agriculture
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt about agricultural practices in the Carolinas on the eve of the American Revolution.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Graphic organizer: Nathan Cole and the First Great Awakening
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt that describes a revival in the 1760s.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Graphic organizer: From Caledonia to Carolina
Graphic organizer designed to aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the immigration of Highland Scots to North Carolina in the colonial era.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Africans before captivity: Graphic organizer
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an article about the regions of Africa from which most American slaves originated. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer a series of questions.
Format: worksheet/lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Lords Proprietors graphic organizer
Completing this graphic organizer will aid students' understanding of the eight men who controlled the Carolina colony.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Graphic organizer: The well-ordered family
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about children's duties toward their parents. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer questions about the reading passage.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
North Carolina's Governors, 1789–1836
Timeline of governors of North Carolina in the early national period, with political party affiliation.
Format: timeline
Sample rubric for student binders
Title: Binder Rubric — Exam 1 Name:   Binder Section: Exams Subject:  ...
By Kristi Johnson Smith.
William Byrd graphic organizer
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read excerpts from a journal written by William Byrd, a wealthy plantation owner from Virginia who was one of several men commissioned to survey the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina in 1728.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The fate of North Carolina's native peoples: Causes and effects
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an article about changes in the population of North Carolina in the early 1700s as European settlers displaced American Indians. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer a series of questions.
Format: worksheet/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Estimated cost of the North Carolina Rail Road, 1851
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 5.3
In this activity, students analyze an account of the cost of building the North Carolina Railroad in the 1850s and evaluate how much it cost in "today's dollars."
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Learning styles: An introduction
Students will read about and discuss learning styles. They will take a pencil and paper assessment to investigate their own learning styles and practice determining the learning style of others with a story telling activity.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
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.
Critical areas visual representation
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics identify Critical Areas for each grade level which describe two to four big ideas at that grade level. Educators can use the Critical Areas to focus the work students do in the classroom and to make instructional decisions.
By Kay Middleton.
A marriage of cultures
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 5
With French and general Western media influence, many Vietnamese like to wear white or other color European-style gowns for at least some events in their multi-part marriage ceremonies. Unlike in the U.S., Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians usually participate...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Graphic organizer: John Lawson's assessment of the Tuscarora
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a primary source account detailing an English traveler's encounters with the Tuscarora Indians in 1700-1701.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The five features of effective writing
The five Features of Effective Writing — focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions — are a valuable tool for understanding good writing and organizing your writing instruction. By teaching these features, you can help your students become more effective writers in any genre, at any level, and make your writing instruction easier to manage at the same time. This series of articles, written with the support of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will show you how.
Format: series (multiple pages)