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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1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
1919 political cartoon by Clifford K. Berryman
The National Archives and Records Administration's description of this cartoon reads: When this cartoon was published the 1920 Presidential election was nearly a year and a half away. There were no clear front-runners and both major parties were...
Format: image/cartoon
The 2004 presidential election in historical context
Historian William E. Leuchtenburg talks about past presidential elections and how the 2004 election fits or defies precedents.
By Kathryn Walbert.
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge speaking at his inauguration
Calvin Coolidge delivers his inaugural address in 1925. Calvin Coolidge was vice-president of the United States under President Warren G. Harding, and stepped into the presidency in 1923 upon Harding's death. A year later, he was elected to the office.
Format: image/photograph
Canning for country and community
In this lesson plan, students will use primary source documents to evaluate the technological challenges of food preservation in the 30s and 40s, compare food preservation in the first half of the twentieth century with today, and consider the political role of food in the community.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Melissa Thibault.
Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
The explosion of the U.S.S. Shaw
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Framed by a palm frond, this photograph shows the dramatic explosion of the destroyer, U.S.S. Shaw, and the billowing smoke over the island.
Format: image/photograph
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address, 1933
Audio recording of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address, delivered 4 March 1933.
Format: audio/speech
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 1 of 3)
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 1 of 3)
First page of three-page letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. The page reads: Philadelphia, July 3d. 1776 Had a Declaration of Independency been made seven Months ago, it would have been attended with many great and glorious...
Format: image/letter
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 2 of 3)
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 2 of 3)
Second page of three-page letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. The page reads: All these Causes however in Conjunction would not have disappointed Us, if it had not been for a Misfortune, which could not be foreseen, and perhaps...
Format: image/letter
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 3 of 3)
Had a declaration... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 3 of 3)
Third page of three-page letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. The page reads: I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day...
Format: image/letter
Little girls work in the interior of a tobacco shed
Little girls work in the interior of a tobacco shed
Child laborers were hired for many types of jobs. In this photograph, little girls, ages eight, nine, and ten work in a tobacco barn. Sunlight is streaming in through large cracks between the wooden planks of the walls. They are standing in back of wooden...
Format: image/photograph
Negro Baseball League
The Walking Classroom students discuss a summary of the history of the Negro Leagues, from conception to collapse. The students will hear another side of how segregation affected the American population from the 1800’s to the 1940’s and learn about the...
Format: audio/podcast
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Format: image/painting
A proclamation, by John W. Ellis
A proclamation, by John W. Ellis
This proclamation was printed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1861: STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA A PROCLAMATION, BY JOHN W. ELLIS GOVERNOR OF NORTH CAROLINA WHEREAS: By Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, followed by a requistion...
Format: image/ephemera
Teaching resources: Election history
In Election 2012, page 3.4
General The Path to the Presidency: Political Speeches (Library of Congress) This blog post, written by an...
Format: bibliography
The Trail of Tears
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the history of the Trail of Tears and its aftermath. Mrs. Fenn joins them to share a Cherokee story-tellers’ observations and to discuss why the Cherokee from North Carolina were not forced onto Indian Territory, but allowed...
Format: audio/podcast
United States Constitution
United States Constitution
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Your favor... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 1 of 2)
Your favor... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 1 of 2)
First page of two-page letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. The page reads: Philadelphia, July 3. 1776 Your Favour of June 17 dated at Plymouth, was handed me, by Yesterdays Post. I was much pleased to find that you had taken...
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Your favor... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 2 of 2)
Your favor... Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776 (page 2 of 2)
Second page of two-page letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776. The page reads: It is too high and lifted up, for me; who delight in nothing so much as Retreat, Solitude, Silence, and Obscurity. In private Life, no one has a Right...
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