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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2015 Women’s ACC Basketball Tournament School Day curriculum
Four collections of basketball-based units for grades K–8 teach all areas of the curriculum through the lens of the 2015 Women’s ACC Basketball Tournament.
Alternatives to the famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.1
This "rethinking reports" series of articles provides alternative research assignments that challenge students to think critically about historical actors.
By David Walbert and Melissa Thibault.
Animal folktales: Legends, superheroes, and pourquoi tales
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.2
By writing a narrative about an animal rather than a traditional report, students can learn about literature, develop writing skills, and still fulfill science and research objectives.
By Melissa Thibault.
Arts of persuasion
Strategies for teaching middle school students to think critically, analyze persuasive arguments, and use speaking and writing to persuade others.
Format: series (multiple pages)
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.
Benjamin Bannkeker comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz to accompany The Walking Classroom Benjamin Banneker lesson.
Format: document/worksheet
Bring history to life with a Living History Day!
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.4
A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to think historically.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
CareerStart lessons: Grade eight
This collection of lessons aligns the eighth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade seven
This collection of lessons aligns the seventh grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
CareerStart lessons: Grade six
This collection of lessons aligns the sixth grade curriculum in math, science, English language arts, and social studies with potential career opportunities.
Format: (multiple pages)
"Casey at the Bat" comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz accompanying The Walking Classroom "Casey at the Bat" lesson.
Format: document/worksheet
Celebrating the freedom to read
Banned Books Week teaches the importance of our First Amendment rights and draws attention to the danger of restricting information in a free society.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Choosing books that are just right
This teacher research study examines how students select books for independent reading and how teachers can help them make choices more appropriate to their reading levels.
Format: article
By Melinda Parks.
Conventions
In The five features of effective writing, page 6
Conventions — grammar, spelling, and the like — are important to good writing, but should be taught only after the other Features of Effective Writing.
By Kathleen Cali.
English Language Arts Methods: Grades 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.4
Common Core State Standards Click here for more details on these standards. OBJECTIVE 1: Reading Literature Skills Covered: key ideas and details, craft and...
Format: article/teacher's guide
English Language Arts Methods: Grades 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.5
Common Core State Standards Click here for more details on these standards. OBJECTIVE 1: Reading Literature Skills Covered: key ideas and details, craft and...
Format: article/teacher's guide
English Language Arts Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 1.3
Common Core State Standards Click here for more details on these standards. OBJECTIVE 1: Foundational Reading Skills Skills Covered: print concepts, phonological...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Evaluating multimedia presentations
A PowerPoint presentation is just another form of communication, and the same rules apply to multimedia that apply to writing or verbal communication. This article offers guidelines for using and assigning multimedia presentations in the classroom and includes a rubric based on the Five Features of Effective Writing.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Family History in the Classroom
In this enhanced digital textbook, nine educators share how they used family history in their classrooms to increase engagement and build empathy.
The five features of effective writing
The five Features of Effective Writing — focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions — are a valuable tool for understanding good writing and organizing your writing instruction. By teaching these features, you can help your students become more effective writers in any genre, at any level, and make your writing instruction easier to manage at the same time. This series of articles, written with the support of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will show you how.
Format: series (multiple pages)