K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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High and low bears
This is a lesson that introduces and reinforces the music concept of pitch.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Music Education)
By Penny Adams-Manolas.
Developing continuous air during articulation
Combining long tones and burst-tonguing will assist many beginning instrument players to eliminate excessive breaths while articulating.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Music Education)
By Lynn Dale.
George Washington and Frederick Douglass letters: Recognizing point of view and bias
In Where English and history meet: A collaboration guide, page 4
This lesson uses two letters written by famous individuals. Frederick Douglass, a well-known former slave who became a leader of the American abolition movement, escaped from slavery in Maryland to freedom in New York in 1838. George Washington was a large slaveholder in Virginia (as well as the first president of the United States).
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Karen Cobb Carroll, Ph.D., NBCT.
Creating the biased image of the American Indian
In North Carolina maps, page 3.3
In this lesson, students use representations of Native Americans on maps from 1590-1800, as well as colonial narratives from that time period, to examine how the depictions and biases of the native cultures were formed. Students will analyze primary source documents for audience, tone, and positionality in their study. This lesson is ideal for an English language arts class or U.S. History class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Oedipus the King: Personal letter-writing assignment
Students will work in groups to evaluate the personality of various characters from Oedipus the King. Each student will write two personal letters in the role of one character from the play responding to the events of the play and the various relationships within it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 10 English Language Arts)
By Greg Townsend.
Create a Music Carnival
This is a lesson in which the students will combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, and tone color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They will use "Carnival of the Animals", by Saint-Saens, and "Peter and the Wolf", by Prokofiev, for comparisons.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Music Education)
By Rowena Licko.
African American spirituals
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.2
Excerpt from Frederick Douglass' autobiography in which he describes the purpose and effect of spirituals for enslaved people. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Puppet theater in Thailand
This was recorded in Trang, Thailand, a town near the southeastern coast. During the ten-day Buddhist festival in Trang, activities and performances take place day and night. Every night at the local theater there is a shadow puppet performance. Known as Nang...
Format: audio
17 year old boy
17 year old boy
A young boy poses for the camera. The boy has voluminous black hair and large, dark eyes. His skin is a medium tone, and he has dimples in his cheeks from his closed mouth smile. He has a fairly large nose that points downward, and his face is turned slightly...
Format: image/photograph
Love Letters: Using imagery to convey feelings
After listening to Arnold Adoff's Love Letters, students will write and share their own love letters. This lesson is especially fun around Valentine's Day.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Reid.
A matter of identity: Writing an extended metaphor poem
Students apply their knowledge of literary devices by reading and analyzing the poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco. Students then create their own poem incorporating the literary devices studied and analyzed in the above mentioned poem. This lesson includes modifications for a Novice Low Limited English student.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Susan Brooks and Carrie Mabry.
"For us the war is ended"
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 7.14
Order issued by the Union general in command of occupied North Carolina, April 1865, announcing the end of hostilities, promising fair treatment, and setting rules for citizens. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Jim Crow and segregation
This is an integrated lesson plan that incorporates both eighth grade language arts and history. Using Internet research, literary analysis, and persuasive technique, students will practice reading and writing skills while analyzing the impact of Jim Crow Segregation on African Americans living in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Burnetta Barton.
Friends Fly Together
Because THE RED BALLOON is a silent film about a little boy (Pascal) and his friendship with a red balloon, students are not distracted by trying to translate spoken text. They can concentrate on what they are watching. They take notes in their home language or English--whichever is more comfortable--on what they see. These informal notes serve as scaffolding for discussion and writing.
Format: lesson plan
By Wendy Bell.
Enduring amputation
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 5.10
Letter from a Civil War soldier to his brother about how he is getting along with his artificial leg. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Long Way to Travel
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.5
Audio and lyrics of an African American spiritual. Includes historical commentary.
Format: music/primary source
A Tale of Two Cities
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.4
Film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1946 about the atomic bomb and its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Includes footage of the explosions, a tour of the cities afterward, and discussions of the weapons' impact. Historical commentary and viewing questions are provided.
Format: video
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
This lesson will help students become more understanding of cultural differences. Students will analyze the theme of escape in two poems. They will recognize and record literary elements found in the poems and connect the poems to life in a meaningful way.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Mary Lou Faircloth.
Developing online resources for beginning teachers is not easy. What new teachers need most of all is a mentor — an experienced, thoughtful, successful teacher who can take the time to guide them through their first year. They need someone to steer them...
By David Walbert.
I'm Gwine Home on de Mornin' Train
In Antebellum North Carolina, page 6.4
Audio and lyrics of an African American spiritual. Includes historical commentary.
Format: music/primary source