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.

A monument to war crimes
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 14
When post-war relations between Vietnam and the U.S. improved following former Secretary of State Robert McNamara's public annoncement that U.S. participation in the war was a mistake, this stone monument was moved to a less conspicuous location and the nearby...
By Lorraine Aragon.
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)
Propaganda and public opinion in the First World War
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 7.6
The United States produced more propaganda posters than any other nation during World War I. A slideshow uses a small sample of these posters to highlight some of the themes of American involvement in the war.
Format: slideshow
Timeline of World War II, 1931–1941
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.2
Timeline of global events leading up to World War II and in the first two years of the conflict in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Format: timeline
Mobilizing for war
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 4.6
The U.S. entry into World War II required rapid and massive buildup of the armed forces and industrial production to supply the war effort. this page includes a clip from a documentary produced by the U.S. Government in 1942 showing scenes of wartime production.
Format: documentary
War tourism
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 17
At two sites in Cu Chi, about 45 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the tunnels dug by Communist guerillas have been restored and are open for visitors. Tourists can enter some of the tunnels and examine supply storage areas as well as false entrances created...
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
World War II on the home front: Rationing
During World War II, the United States asked citizens at home to cut back on food, fuel, shoes, and consumer goods and to turn in scrap metal, rubber, paper, and even used cooking grease for recycling. Photographs, posters, and artifacts tell the story.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
World War II dead and missing from North Carolina
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.7
More than 8,500 North Carolinians who served in World War II did not return. The National Archives has made available the complete lists of war casualties published in 1946.
Format: article
War bonds
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 7.10
The United States Government spent some $300 billion during World War II -- more than $4 trillion in today's money. Most of that money had to be borrowed. To finance the war, the government issued savings bonds.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Assessing the North Carolina Civil War effort
In this lesson plan, students read about the Civil War effort in North Carolina and complete a graphic organizer detailing how various groups within the state influenced the war effort.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
A memorial honoring North Carolinians who were killed in the Vietnam War. Each name is engraved in a free-standing monolith in a 230-foot wide basin scooped out of the earth.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
I gave a man (war bonds poster)
I gave a man (war bonds poster)
A war-widowed mother holds infant in her arms, as young daughter clutches to her side. Caption reads, "I gave a man! Will you give at least 10% of your pay in War Bonds?"
Format: image/poster
Debating war with Britain: For the war
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 8.4
Article from the Raleigh Star, published just after Congress declared war on Great Britain in 1812, arguing in support of the war. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Isaac Shelby
Isaac Shelby
Isaac Shelby (December 11, 1750 – July 18, 1826) was the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky and served in the state legislatures of Virginia and North Carolina. He was also a soldier in Lord Dunmore's War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.
Format: image/painting
A soldier's experience in Vietnam: Robert L. Jones
In Postwar North Carolina, page 7.7
Oral history interview with a North Carolina veteran of the Vietnam War. Jones discusses how his time in Vietnam left him with self-doubt and confusion about who he was as a person.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
World War I political debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.7
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will use their knowledge of World War I to debate whether Germany should have paid reparations following the war.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.
Stone monument on U.S. crimes in Vietnam War at former U.S. Embassy in Saigon
Stone monument on U.S. crimes in Vietnam War at former U.S. Embassy in Saigon
A stone monument with a carved text detailing United States crimes in the Vietnam War stands outside the former U.S. Embassy in Saigon. When post-war relations between Vietnam and the U.S. improved following former Secretary of State Robert McNamara's public...
Format: image/photograph
Presenting a check for war bonds
Presenting a check for war bonds
Original title: "The public school children of the South-Central District of Chicago purchased $263,148. 83 in war bonds and stamps...a huge check representing enough money for 125 jeeps, two pursuit planes and motorcycle was presented to Maj. C. Udell Turpin...
Format: image/photograph
Underground resistance
In French colonization and Vietnam wars, page 12
When U.S. forces could not control the tunnel areas effectively with ground troops, they dropped bombs on the area, seriously damaging the tunnel network and surrounding land. At two sites in Cu Chi, about 45 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, the tunnels...
By Lorraine Aragon.