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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10-year-old daughter of Mitch McGahan who is dying of undernourishment
10-year-old daughter of Mitch McGahan who is dying of undernourishment
In this black and white photograph, a woman and a little girl stand holding hands in front of a line of laundry. They seem to be standing inside of a livestock pen: the ground is muddy and there is a crudely-built fence that is just in front of the laundry...
Format: image/photograph
16 de Septiembre: Mexican Independence Day
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 2.1
Slideshow View a slideshow of photographs from celebrations of Mexican Independence Day. Every...
Format: article
1640 map of southern Virginia and eastern Florida
1640 map of southern Virginia and eastern Florida
The title of this 1640 map, Virginiæ partis australis, et Floridæ partis orientalis, translates to "Virginia parts south and Florida parts east." At the time, Virginia included all the British land along the east coast, so the map covers the...
Format: image/map
1677 treaty between Virgina and Indians
1677 treaty between Virgina and Indians
Format: image/document
16th century timber-framed house
16th century timber-framed house
A 16th-century timber-framed house, at the top of Church Lane in Ely, England. Typical middle-class Elizabethan houses were framed with vertical timbers, which were often supported by diagonal timbers. The timbered walls were plastered with mortar and then...
Format: image/photograph
1738 map of North Carolina
1738 map of North Carolina
James Wimble's 1738 map shows the sounds and inlets of coastal North Carolina.
Format: image/map
1807 embargo cartoon
1807 embargo cartoon
In 1807, the U.S. passed an embargo act at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. The Embargo Act of 1807 stated that American ships could not carry cargo to foreign ports and that foreign ships could not load cargo in American ports. This political cartoon...
Format: image/cartoon
1835 amendments to the North Carolina Constitution
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.3
Amendments to the North Carolina state constitution passed in 1835. Includes historical commentary.
Format: constitution/primary source
1860 U.S. electoral map
1860 U.S. electoral map
Format: image/map
1861 Flag of North Carolina
1861 Flag of North Carolina
The state flag of North Carolina adopted following secession from the United States in 1861 consists of a red field at left and, at right, a blue bar above a white bar. The red field contains a single white star with the dates, in white, May 20th 1775 (the...
Format: image/illustration
The 1868 constitution
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 9.11
In accordance with the Reconstruction Acts, North Carolina wrote a new constitution in 1868. In addition to abolishing slavery, the new constitution gave more power to the people and to the governor, and called for free public schools, state prisons, and charitable institutions.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
18th-century cooking fire
18th-century cooking fire
At a demonstration of eighteenth-century life on the North Carolina frontier, a woman tends to the food at a cooking fire. Two iron pots of food and two pieces of meat hang from a log over the fire.
Format: image/photograph
18th-century Indian trading camp
18th-century Indian trading camp
At a demonstration of eighteenth-century life on North Carolina's western frontier, this replica of an Indian trading camp shows items that were considered valuable commodities. They included powder horns, tobacco, shirts, blankets, rum, mirrors, beaded belts,...
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18th-century tailor
18th-century tailor
At a demonstration of eighteenth-century life at Fort Dobbs, North Carolina, a tailor — a maker of men's clothing — sits on a bench, sewing. A tailor would use a paper measuring tape to measure a man, and then adjust his clothing patterns to fit...
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The 1950 Senate campaign
In Postwar North Carolina, page 3.6
Campaign poster from the 1950 U.S. Senate election in North Carolina, in which Willis Smith played to white voters' racism in defeating Frank Porter Graham. Includes historical background.
Format: poster/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
The 1971 constitution
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.3
North Carolina's constitution was rewritten in 1971 to incorporate the many amendments made since Reconstruction.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The 1984 Senate campaign
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.4
Time magazine article about the 1984 U.S. Senate race between incumbent Jesse Helms and then-governor Jim Hunt, which was the most expensive non-presidential election in the nation's history to that point.
Format: magazine
4-H and Home Demonstration during the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 2.8
4-H and Home Demonstration, dating from the early twentieth century, were established to instruct children and women in agricultural practice and home economics.
Format: article
By Amy Manor.
4-H and Home Demonstration Work during World War II
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 8.3
During the years of World War II, North Carolina women were led by Home Demonstration and extension agents in programs to increase food production and preservation. 4-H clubs also aided the war effort, primarily through the "Food for Victory" program and the "Feed a Fighter" campaign.
Format: article
By Amy Manor.
4-H Club boy feeding pig
4-H Club boy feeding pig
This ca. 1930 black and white image shows a 4-H club boy feeding a pig. The boy is crouching down next to a wooden feeding trough from which a large dark-colored pig is eating. The handle of an empty slop bucket rests in his hands. The freckle-faced boy is...
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