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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An Act for preventing Tumultuous and riotous Assemblies
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.10
Text of the Johnston Riot Act passed by the North Carolina Assembly in 1771, empowering the governor and colonial officials to use military force to put down uprisings of Regulators. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legislation/primary source
Address from inhabitants near Haw River
The request of the Inhabitants of the West side of Haw river to the Assembly men and Vestry men of Orange County Whereas the Taxes in the County are larger according to the number of Taxables than adjacent counties and continues so year after year,...
Format: petition
An Address to the People of Granville County
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.2
Excerpt of a speech by George Sims, Granville County school teacher and Regulator leader, in 1765. Sims blames corrupt lawyers and public officials for the problems of small farmers in the Piedmont. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
The Albany Plan of Union
In Colonial North Carolina, page 8.4
Transcription of a plan adopted by representatives of seven colonies in 1754 to place the British North American colonies under a more centralized government. Although never carried out, it was the first important plan to conceive of the colonies as a collective whole united under one government.
Format: constitution
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.
Analyzing primary sources: John White and the "lost colonists"
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 4.3
In this lesson, students will read about John White's attempt to find the "lost colonists" in 1590, and will practice thinking critically and analyzing primary source documents.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Anticipation guide: A royal colony
This activity presents students with a series of true/false statements about the early Carolina colony. Students respond to the statements before and after reading an article about the changes in the Carolina colony in its first fifty years, as it was divided into North and South Carolina and changed from a proprietary colony to a royal colony.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The arrival of Swiss immigrants
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.3
Although it was frowned upon in Switzerland, many Swiss citizens migrated to Carolina in the eighteenth century.
Format: article
An authentick relation of the Battle of Alamance
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.11
Contemporary newspaper account of the Battle of Alamance, fought between Regulators and militia led by Governor William Tryon on May 16, 1771. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Benjamin Wadsworth on the duties of children to their parents
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.10
Excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about expectations for children's behavior and respect for their parents. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Boundary between North Carolina and the Cherokee Nation, 1767
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.2
1767 agreement between Governor William Tryon and Cherokee Indians in regard to boundary between colonial settlement and Cherokee lands. Includes historical commentary.
Format: document/primary source
A brief history of Blackbeard & Queen Anne's Revenge
The French slave ship La Concorde was captured by the pirate Blackbeard after a treacherous crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1717. The ship was renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, and it became the vessel in which Blackbeard carried out the notorious acts of his piratical career. By examining a variety of primary and secondary French documents, researchers have pieced together a limited history of the ship.
Format: article
The Carolina colony: Comparing three perspectives
In this lesson, students compare three different primary sources written by early colonists and consider the reasons the colonists had for moving to Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Cary's Rebellion
In Colonial North Carolina, page 3.1
Because North Carolina permitted religious freedom, Quakers made up a large portion of the colony's early population and were heavily represented in its government. A division opened in the colony between the Quaker party and supporters of the Church of England, and disputes between the two sides led to violence in 1710–1711.
Format: book
Chaos in Hillsborough
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.9
Contemporary newspaper report about mob violence in Hillsborough, North Carolina, in October 1770. The violence was part of a series of protests by Regulators angry with illegal fees and corrupt officials. Includes historical commentary.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Colonial cooking and foodways
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.15
A reenactor demonstrates cooking over an open fire.
Format: video
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)
The cost of Tryon Palace
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 1.8
Table detailing the expenses of building Tryon Palace, the residence of the colonial governor at New Bern, North Carolina, in 1770. Includes historical commentary about why these expenses infuriated many colonists.
Format: document/primary source
Culpeper's Rebellion
In Colonial North Carolina, page 1.11
In the 1670s, the British government insisted that exports from Carolina be taxed, but a group of settlers in the Albemarle region rebelled against what they saw as an unreasonable burden. The Lords Proprietors eventually regained control of the colony, but in the meantime, colonists set a precedent for governing themselves.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
A Declaration and Proposals of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina (1663)
In Colonial North Carolina, page 1.6
Initial plans by the Lords Proprietors for settling and governing the province of Carolina. Primary source includes historical commentary.
Format: declaration/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.