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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Around the world in one semester!
This lesson is a semester-long project that focuses on countries that speak the target language. Students will research a chosen country and do an oral presentation for the class. They will then research and present a current event weekly for the remainder of the semester.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Second Languages)
By Crystal Humphrey and Michelle Chrismon.
Current events in Africa
In this lesson for grade seven, students find two news stories about a current event in Africa: one from an American media source and one from an African media source. Students compare the two to gain an understanding of cultural bias and perspective.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Social Studies)
By Shane Freeman.
Modern China: The dam debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 4.7
In this lesson for grade seven, students learn about the Three Gorges Dam in China and the controversy surrounding its construction. Students will take on the roles of people whose lives may be affected by the dam, and will participate in a debate about it.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 English Language Arts and Second Languages)
By Susan N. Carter-Hope and James Philippart.Adapted by Kenyatta Bennett, Meredith Ebert, and Sonya Rexrode.

Resources on the web

Afghanistan Unveiled
This site provides information and lesson plans to accompany the film Afghanistan Unveiled, which focuses on the experiences of women. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
The film Beyond the Fire introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones. These stories tell of loss, hope, fear, strength and despair—and most of all, resilience. At this... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
C-SPAN Classroom Resources
Lesson plans include video clips, discussion questions, and booknotes for selected units. Some plans, such as the Checks and Balances lesson plan, contain a Fun Fact, Capitol Question (with link to the answer), Learn More, and Review Quiz, in addition to... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: C-SPAN
Carnegie Council
A clean, easy to navigate site that acts as the “Voice for Ethics in International Policy”. This site offers articles, podcasts, events and programs. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
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
Provides information about the current Congress, about the Congress as an institution, and resources for teachers to help teach about the Congress. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Dirksen Congressional Center
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Working to teach students the importance of community involvement for a democratic society. This site provides guidance for educational programs, lessons, and publications related to civic education. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Cool Planet for Teachers
This site from OxFam helps teachers bring global issues into the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: OxFam
Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoon Teacher's Guide
Lesson plans and discussion questions for political cartoons on today's current events. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
This site helps high school students learn how to “see through the spin” and find out the true facts from the misinformation that they hear in messages every day. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Annenberg Public Policy Center
Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Great Decisions Educators Corner
This free resource provides professional development, global educational resources, a teacher's forum, workshops, global conferences, grants and much more. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Foreign Policy Association
Frontline World: Stories from a Small Planet
Frontline World offers a glimpse into the lives of people across the globe through video and additional resources.Frontline World tells stories in video; each feature is about twenty minutes in length and can be viewed from the... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: PBS
Independent Lens
This site is the companion for the PBS program Independent Lens, which airs documentaries and dramas from independent film makers. From the main site, you can visit a number of subsidiary sites which include information and resources made specifically... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Learning Network: New York Times On The Web
The New York Times On The Web's Learning Network offers daily lesson plans, education news, and current events quizzes and daily news summaries for students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: New York Times
Multicultural Education - Diversity Equity Reform
This website is dedicated to exploring the issues surrounding the multicultural classroom. Awareness activities, training, news, and many other resources are available from this site. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
My Hero
This web site, in English and Spanish, features information about "heroes" around the world. Some of the people are famous and some are everyday people striving to make a difference in other peoples lives and working for important causes around the world.... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: My Hero
My Wonderful World
Supported by National Geographic, this site was created by a large number of corporate partners to “ expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community.” (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Geographic Society Education Foundation