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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Alexander Martin (1740–1807)
Alexander Martin was a North Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention, fought in the American Revolution, and served as governor and in the state legislature.
Format: biography
Hugh Williamson (1735–1819)
Hugh Wiliamson, a doctor and scientist, was one of North Carolina's delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and was also active in national politics.
Format: biography
John Adams Hyman
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.12
John Adams Hyman, a former slave, became the first black U.S. Representative from North Carolina, serving from 1873 to 1875.
Format: biography
John Chavis
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 3.10
John Chavis (1762?–1838), a free African American living in North Carolina, was a widely respected minister and teacher with long-reaching influence on both whites and African Americans.
Format: biography
John Lawson
John Lawson (1674? – 1711) was a British explorer, naturalist and writer. He played an important role in the history of colonial North Carolina. Little is known definitively about his early life but it seems probable that he had a good education and...
Format: biography
By L. Maren Wood.
Nathaniel Macon
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 1.4
Biography of Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), North Carolina political leader from Warren County.
Format: biography
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New Nation
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the early national period (1790–1836). Topics include the development of state government and political parties, agriculture, the Great Revival, education, the gold rush, the growth of slavery, Cherokee Removal, and battles over internal improvements and reform.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr. (1758–1802)
Richard Dobbs Spaight was a North Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention and active in state and national politics.
Format: biography
William Blount (1749–1800)
William Blount was one of North Carolina's delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and served in the Continental Army and in various public offices.
Format: biography
William Richardson Davie (1756–1820)
William Richardson Davie was a prominent North Carolina lawyer, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, governor, and founder of the University of North Carolina.
Format: biography

Resources on the web

A. Einstein: Image and Impact
An in-depth site on the life and times of Albert Einstein. Includes biographical information as well as a timeline of his life. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Institute of Physics
The Aaron Copland Collection
An extensive collection of primary source materials including motion pictures, audio recordings, correspondence, and more documenting the life and accomplishments of Aaron Copland. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Academy of Achievement
Provides an online Museum of Living History that focuses on contemporary individuals as role models and mentors. Each individual's exhibit includes a biography, an interview (often an audio version is available), and a profile. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Academy of Achievement
African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection 1818-1907
This website documents a wide range of events, topics, and issues in African-American history and culture. This collection recreates the public dialogue among African Americans a century ago, and highlights political, cultural, and social issues still debated... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
African American World
A multifaceted resource providing information from PBS, NPR, and the Encylopaedia Britannica about African Americans. This website targets many audiences and age groups and encourages discussion of their materials via online forums. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Alexander Palace Time Machine: Everyday Life in a Romanov Palace
A website devoted to the portraying the Alexander Palace as it was during the time of Imperial Russia as well as the lives of its inhabitants. Uses a wide variety of images, detailed writings, primary sources, maps, and floorplans. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Alexander Palace Association
America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1864
Hundreds of portraits of both famous and anonymous men and women, information about daguerreotype photography, and insight into the people of the nineteenth-century United States including politicians, the colonizers of Liberia, and occupations of the Industrial... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
America's Story from America's Library
An interactive website that incorporates games and multiple media formats with primary sources and information to encourage kids to learn about American history (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Library of Congress
American Experience
Over 75 features that accompany the PBS series The American Experience, that document people and events that shaped United States history. Find video, audio, maps, images, and other resources that explore Presidents, Biographies, War and Politics,... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS