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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
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
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
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
Traditional weaving in Ecuador
Photographs and text illustrate traditional weaving in Ecuador, from carding and spinning wool to selling finished products at the market.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
Diseases throughout human history
Students will trace the historical impact of disease on humankind and research key events in the history of disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
Wayne County Museum
Students will learn about the history of Wayne County as well as the influence of historic events on the people and way of life in the area.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Impressed with embargo
Students will learn about the causes of the War of 1812 and make connections to current world events.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Andrea McGuire.
Traditional performing arts in Bali
Photographs and text illustrate traditional performance in Bali, including music, theater, and dance.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Montford Point Marine Museum
Visit this museum which preserves the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines who served with courage and pride from 1942 to 1949.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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
Outfitting a World War I soldier: Teaching US history with primary sources
What do soldiers wear? Students will say a uniform and mention boots. However, many of the necessities of soldiers are often overlooked by civilians whether the items be standard issue or personal.This lesson gives students the opportunity to not only look at William B. Umstead's artifacts from World War I, but gain insight into how and why each item was used.
Format: lesson plan
By Paulette Scott.
North Carolina in the early 20th century
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the first decades of the twentieth century (1900–1929). Topics include changes in technology and transportation, Progressive Era reforms, World War I, women's suffrage, Jim Crow and African American life, the cultural changes of the 1920s, labor and labor unrest, and the Gastonia stirke of 1929.
Format: book (multiple pages)
World War I and the changing face of gender roles
In this lesson, students analyze oral histories in order to learn more about Progressivism and the impact of World War I and World War II on the role of women in the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Lee Adcock.
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
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Japanese war objectives and planned opening attacks in World War II
Japanese war objectives and planned opening attacks in World War II
LOC on the map stands for "Lines of Communication."
Format: image/map