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LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Bullfighting in Colombia
In this lesson for grade six, students study the history of bullfighting in Spain and Colombia as an example of how cultural traditions can be transferred from one place to another. Students analyze photographs of bullfighting in Colombia and discuss the cultural tradition of the sport and the controversy surrounding it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Eric Eaton.
Careers in medicine and the ancient Greeks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about ancient Greek medicine and the Hippocratic Oath and will research contemporary medical careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
"Der Handschuh" by Friedrich Schiller
Students will have the opportunity to explore the poem, “Der Handschuh,” through shared reading, shared writing, and phonemic strategies that lead to fluency and comprehension.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Thomas Skinner.
Differences across the curriculum: Part 1
Part of a set of lessons offering an integrated approach to exploring diversity with eighth graders, this lesson serves as a pre-reading activity for the drama version of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Students will learn how diversity creates bias which leads to conflict, where students confront their bias and practice tolerance.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Lynn Carter.
Educator's guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.1
The article "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest" introduces a lot of information and a number of issues that may be new to students. These suggestions will help you use the article in a way that best fits the needs of your class.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
European and South American agriculture
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.3
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students conduct research about agriculture in South America and Europe and organize the information on a compare/contrast map.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.Edited by Julie McCann.
European shadow puppets
Students will work in cooperative groups first to read a fairy tale by a European author. Then they will make shadow puppets to use on an overhead projector. Finally, they will present their puppet shows to their class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 6 English Language Arts)
By Marsha Paisley.
The five themes of geography
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.6
In this lesson for grade six, students will explore different career paths based on the five themes of geography.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance and Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.
Greece: Part 1
This lesson is one of three created as an interdisciplinary unit on the connection between the art and artifacts of a culture and the values and beliefs of the members of that culture. This unit begins with a class-wide investigation of Ancient Greece and concludes with a visit to the Ackland Art Museum. During the visit, students will have the opportunity to assess their predictions about the Ancient Greeks. In addition, students will look at works of art from other cultures and compare and contrast the visual information provided about those cultures with visual information provided about Greek culture.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 Social Studies)
By Winn Wheeler.
Let's take a trip: Careers in tourism
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.10
In this lesson for grade six, students will create advertisements for travel destinations in Europe and South America and will research careers in travel and tourism.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Guidance and Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.
Martin Luther's Reformation in Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The setting of Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the fifteenth century, the transitional period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance/Reformation era. This era ushers in the period known as the modern age and historical events are chronicled through Hugo's novel. Hugo sets The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the decline of feudalism and the infancy of absolutism through Louis XI (Spider King), the rise of a urban middle class and the beginnings of commerce as it is known today. Primarily this novel satirizes the Catholic Church's absolute power -- its abuses, and its excesses. Students will discover how Hugo's satire operates to show the Catholic Church's abuse of power during the late Middle Ages and the early Reformation in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Nancy Webber.
Medicine in ancient Greece - Overview
This lesson provides a brief look at the origins of Greek medicine and a comparison with modern medicine. Also included is an edited text of the Hippocratic Oath.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Bruce Schulman.
Reading guide: Spain and America
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 3.2
These terms and questions will guide students as they read "Spain and America: From Reconquest to Conquest." Filling in the chronological list of dates will enable students to understand the order in which events unfolded in Spain and in America, and answering the questions will encourage students to think critically about the readings in the chapter.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Those feuding Greeks!
This lesson is designed to familiarize students with the philosophical, political, economic, military and social differences between Athens and Sparta.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Social Studies)
By Pernell Collett.
Travel brochure for Western Europe
Students will explore a particular country in Western Europe and get a general overview of the country. This is an activity designed to cover a great amount of material in a brief period of time.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Debra Martinez.
Understanding the Columbian Exchange
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 5.1
This lesson will help students think about the effects of the Columbian Exchange, particularly the exchange of disease as it affected the psychology of the Europeans and Native populations in the early settlement of the Americas.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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.

Resources on the web

British National Archives
The British National Archives website is full of records and guidelines for conducting research and has a component specifically for school use. There are guides for using records and conducting research, including the electronic databases. There are topics... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom
Children's BBC Newsround
A United Kingdom news website with articles about events, arts and science that will be useful to anyone interested in what's happening in the world. Browse thematic picturecollections, play a game, participate in an online opinion poll, or just catch up... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: BBC News
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
Object-based art and history presented in images, video, and audio. Ancient Grecian, Ancient Roman and Ancient Egyptian artifacts are featured. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Art Institute of Chicago