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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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
The booming twenties
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.1
A brief history of the United States in the 1920s.
Format: article
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)
Discussion guide: Religion in early America
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 3.4
This discussion guide will help students understand the larger context of religion in colonial America as they read about topics such as Quaker emigration and the Great Awakening.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Educator's guide: The arrival of Swiss immigrants
Teaching suggestions to help your students synthesize the information in the article "The Arrival of Swiss Immigrants."
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
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)
From Caledonia to Carolina: The Highland Scots
In Colonial North Carolina, page 5.5
Many Scots immigrated to North Carolina due to growing population, changing methods of farming, and the defeat of the Highland Scots by English and Scottish forces in 1746. The first organized settlement of Highland Scots was in Cumberland County, where 350 people moved to in 1739.
Format: article
By Kathryn Beach.
A German immigrant writes home
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.4
Letter (c. 1710) from a immigrant to North Carolina to his family and friends in Germany, telling about his life and experiences in Carolina and giving advice to others who might follow him. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Graphic organizer: From Caledonia to Carolina
Graphic organizer designed to aid students' comprehension as they read an article about the immigration of Highland Scots to North Carolina in the colonial era.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Immigrants' experiences in colonial North Carolina
In this lesson plan, students read two primary-source documents describing the experiences of new arrivals to North Carolina during the colonial period: One is a summary of a report written by a young Moravian settler from Pennsylvania; the other is a letter from a German immigrant. Students compare and contrast the journeys and settlement of the two groups.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Immigration from Africa
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.7
North Carolina today is home to people from well over a hundred nations. This article summarizes the various communities of African immigrants living in Guilford County who are listed by the U.S. Census as being simply African American.
Format: article
Immigration in U.S. history
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.5
Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihoods in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country.
Format: article
Languages and nationalities
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.2
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 9.11
Data on languages spoken and nationality of origin shows the rapidly-growing diversity of North Carolina residents.
Format: data set
Latino immigration
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.3
North Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country. This article offers a snapshot of North Carolina's Latino community.
Format: article
Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.1
An overview of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, which addressed poverty, transportation safety, urban development, and health.
Format: article
The Montagnards
In Recent North Carolina, page 6.6
Background and history of the Montagnard people of Vietnam and the story of their immigration to North Carolina.
Format: book
"Nationalism and Americanism"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 3.16
Recording and transcript of a speech by Warren G. Harding during his 1920 campaign for president. Harding addressed the issue of American involvement overseas and spoke specifically about the relationship of immigrants to their home countries abroad. Includes historical commentary.
Format: speech/primary source
The North Carolina Gold Rush
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 6.1
Gold was discovered in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in 1799, and within a few years, the North Carolina Gold Rush was on. Men arrived in the Piedmont to work in the mines, many of them from Cornwall in England.
Format: article
By Rebecca Lewis.
North Carolina History: A Sampler
A sample of the more than 800 pages of our digital textbook for North Carolina history, including background readings, various kinds of primary sources, and multimedia. Also includes an overview of the textbook and how to use it.
Format: (multiple pages)
North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
Format: (multiple pages)