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Among the Tuscarora: The strange and mysterious death of John Lawson, gentleman, explorer, and writer
They've taken his clothes, picked the straight razor out of his pocket: one brave fingers it, touches the blade — bright blood springs from his thumb and he laughs. The pitch pine split by the women is ready, a clay pot full...
Format: article
By Marjorie Hudson.
Christoph von Graffenried's account of the Tuscarora War
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.7
Account of the beginnings of the Tuscarora War in North Carolina between settlers and Indians. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
Coastal Plain cultures graphic organizer
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.5
As students read the article "Peoples of the Coastal Plain," this graphic organizer will help them develop an understanding of the cultures that existed in North Carolina's Coastal Plain hundreds of years ago.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Experimental archaeology: Making cordage
In Intrigue of the Past, page 2.8
Students will make cordage and use an activity sheet to experience a technique and skill that ancient Native Americans in North Carolina needed for everyday life. They will also compute the amount of time and materials that might have been required to make cordage and construct a scientific inquiry to study the contents of an archaeological site.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
The fate of North Carolina's native peoples
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.8
After the Tuscarora War (1711–1713) and Yamasee War (1715–1716), only the Cherokee among North Carolina's native peoples remained intact. The Coastal Plain and Piedmont were effectively cleared for European settlement.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Graphic organizer: John Lawson's assessment of the Tuscarora
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a primary source account detailing an English traveler's encounters with the Tuscarora Indians in 1700-1701.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Intrigue of the Past
Lesson plans and essays for teachers and students explore North Carolina's past before European contact. Designed for grades four through eight, the web edition of this book covers fundamental concepts, processes, and issues of archaeology, and describes the peoples and cultures of the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods.
Format: book (multiple pages)
John Lawson's assessment of the Tuscarora
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.4
Excerpt from John Lawson's 1709 A New Voyage to Carolina discussing the sources of conflict between the Tuscarora and English settlers in North Carolina and Lawson's hopes for integrating the Tuscarora into colonial society. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
A letter from Major Christopher Gale, November 2, 1711
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.6
Letter describing the bloody attacks that began the Tuscarora War between North Carolina Indians and settlers. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)
Peoples of the Coastal Plain
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 2.6
When Europeans arrived in the late 1500s, North Carolina’s northern Coastal Plain was home to two different cultures. Speakers of Algonkian languages lived closest to the Atlantic edge, in the Outer Coastal Plain or Tidewater. Iroquoian speakers lived more inland, on the Inner Coastal Plain. Based on the distinctive items each group left, archaeologists call the Algonkian speakers Colington and the Iroquoian speakers Cashie.
Format: article
A request for aid: Tuscarora role-play activity
In this lesson plan, students read and analyze a primary source document in which the Tuscarora Indians request permission to move from Carolina to Pennsylvania in 1710. Students participate in a role-play activity to aid their comprehension of the document and of the historical event.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Teaching suggestions: Firsthand accounts of the Tuscarora War
These teaching suggestions present ideas for working with two primary source accounts of the Tuscarora War. Suggested activities span a wide range of possibilities and offer opportunities for a wide variety of learning styles.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Teaching suggestions: The Tuscarora War
These teaching suggestions will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the Tuscarora War. Suggestions include a role-play activity with step-by-step instructions and a list of leading discussion questions.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Tuscarora ask Pennsylvania for aid
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.5
Report of commissioners from the Pennsylvania provincial government who met with representatives of North Carolina's Tuscarora Indians in 1710. The Tuscarora requested permission to move to Pennsylvania to escape harrassment and enslavement by southern settlers, but were denied permission. Includes historical commentary.
Format: report/primary source
The Tuscarora War
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.2
The encroachment of British colonists on Tuscarora land in North Carolina resulted in numerous conflicts. Control over the most desirable land caused disputes, British settlers engaged in unfair trade practices and violated treaties, and the Tuscarora raided British livestock. In 1711, these and other sources of conflict erupted into bloody warfare. With the assistance of soldiers and rival tribes from South Carolina, the Tuscarora were defeated in 1712. Following the war, the Tuscarora emigrated to New York and joined the Iroquois of the Long House.
Format: article
Two worlds: Educator's guide
Lesson plans and activities to be used with "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony" -- the first part of a North Carolina history textbook for secondary students.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The village farmers
In Intrigue of the Past, page 3.5
North Carolina sat on a crossroads by AD 1000. Cultural ideas from other places breezed through it and around it: how to decorate pottery, how to orient political and social life, how to honor the dead, how to structure towns.