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 writing process
This edition presents a writing process through discussion, examples, and suggested resources to help teachers guide students through writing assignments.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Teaching writing in the elementary classroom
In this course, participants will explore how to teach their students about the traits of good writing through mini-lessons and writing workshops, and how to use established criteria to evaluate writing.
Format: article/online course
Writing for the Web
How teachers can more effectively communicate information and ideas via the World Wide Web, to students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and the world.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Writing for the web
In Writing for the Web, page 1
Why teachers need to think about how they communicate on the web.
By David Walbert.
Getting hooked: Introduction for a narrative
Students will be able to identify techniques for writing an introduction for a narrative and use them effectively.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–4 English Language Arts)
By Leann Kelley.
Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide
LEARN NC works collaboratively with educators and other individuals from a variety of backgrounds to develop web-based resources for teachers and students. This manual guides educators through the process of developing content for publication on the web, including writing, design, technical guidelines, and copyright.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Ongoing assessment strategies for writing
Making final assessment easier by helping students improve the quality of their writing along the way.
By Sherri Phillips Merrit.
Habitat happenings
During this lesson students will demonstrate their understanding of what a habitat is through a creative writing assignment. The students will choose an animal to be and will describe themselves and their living environment.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts)
By Kelly Stewart.
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.
Solving workplace problems: Refining the use of argument
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.8
In this lesson plan, students are presented with two writing prompts that describe workplace problems. Students complete a graphic organizer to help them map out the problem-solving process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
Topics in English Language Arts Education
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.2
Resources Specific to English Writing Instruction Teaching the Writing...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Mumbling together
"Mumbling together" is a strategy students can use to edit their own writing and develop an ear for correct language. Students learn to proofread by reading their first drafts aloud to identify left-out words and other errors.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–4 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.
Composing snowman stories
Students will compose sequential, descriptive instructions about how to build a snowman.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 English Language Arts)
By Sandra Weavil.
In Intellectual Freedom Toolkit, page 2
Your school or district should have selection and reconsideration policies. If it does not, use the ALA Workbook for Selection Policy Writing to help...
Format: article
By Will Cross and Kimberly Hirsh.
Narrative writing: Using exact words
The learner will recognize exact verbs in literature and then use more exact verbs when writing a narrative.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Georgette Rush.
Persuasive writing: A classroom model
In Arts of persuasion, page 4
A plan for modeling persuasive writing with middle school students, using homework as the topic.
By Pamela Myrick and Sharon Pearson.
Pattern writing using nouns and adjectives
In this lesson plan, students will think and write creatively using nouns and adjectives. They will experience all phases of the writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 6 English Language Arts)
By Susan S. Craver.
In The five features of effective writing, page 2
Focus, the first Feature of Effective Writing, is the "so what?" in a piece of writing. This article will help you teach students to stay on topic.
Format: article
By Kathleen Cali.
The five parts of the Fifth
This lesson will focus on the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution and its intent to provide due process to citizens. Students will engage in writing, discussion, cooperative learning, art, and theatrical activities in gaining an understanding of the Amendment and its concepts.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 Social Studies)
By Keith Leary.
First draft/final draft
Students will compare paragraphs with and without elaboration and descriptive details. They will learn how to revise their own writing by adding descriptive details such as adjectives, adverbs, concrete nouns, and precise verbs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By DPI Writing Strategies.