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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Adolescent literacy: Social studies comprehension strategies
"Adolescent Literacy: Social Studies Strategies" equips teachers with a variety of strategies and resources to enhance literacy instruction in the social studies classroom in an ongoing and purposeful manner.
Format: article/online course
Assessing reading comprehension with English language learners
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 3
Strategies such as flow charts can help you assess reading comprehension for English language learners, content-area learners, and all students.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Ongoing assessment for reading
Ongoing, informal assessment is crucial to teaching reading. Using audio and visual examples, this edition explains the use of running records and miscue analysis, tools that help a teacher to identify patterns in student reading behaviors and the strategies a reader uses to make sense of text.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Preparing English language learners for reading comprehension
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 1
Use KWL charts, circle maps and brainstorming webs, and concept maps to prepare English language learners, content-area learners, and all students for reading comprehension.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the elementary classroom
Researchers have identified the strategies that expert readers use to understand text. Develop your students into active, purposeful readers by teaching these strategies in your classroom.
Format: article/online course
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the middle school classroom
Teach your students the concrete reading strategies they'll need to improve their comprehension, whether they're reading for class, for work, or for pleasure. This course will help you prepare students to become active, purposeful readers who think about the text before, during, and after reading.
Format: article/online course
Reading comprehension and English language learners
Teaching reading comprehension and helping English language learners are the responsibility of every teacher, but they are also within the abilities of every teacher. These articles provide strategies for building content-area reading comprehension before, during, and after reading that can help English language learners — and all learners.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Reading comprehension strategies for English language learners
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 2
Strategies like think-pair-share, think-alouds, and GIST can help English language learners, content-area learners, and all students make sense of text while they read.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Reading comprehension: From research to practice in middle-grades English language arts
This article shares the details of a successful collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education faculty member Leigh Hall and eighth-grade teacher Deanna Watts on a research project that greatly improved students' reading comprehension.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Strategies for online reading comprehension
This article examines the differences between reading in print and reading online, and proposes some tools and strategies to help aid students' reading comprehension and information literacy in online environments.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.
Unpacking the questions: Improving students’ written comprehension on mClass Reading 3D’s TRC
This online course will cover how writing can improve students’ reading comprehension as well as how to help your students unpack comprehension questions.
Format: article/online course

Resources on the web

A web site devoted to bringing kids and books together that offers reading lists, thematic ideas, and calendar-related events to celebrate literacy and learning. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: KidBibs International
A tool to measure reading level and help students find appropriate reading materials they can read independently. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Metametrics