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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AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
AOWS6: Revolution, reaction, reform: Industrialization creates a modern world
This online professional development course takes the concept of revolution away from war and links it to a major change in society using the late 19th and early 20th century Industrial Revolution and following Progressive Era.
Format: article/online course
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)
Fact-Question-Response worksheet
This worksheet provides a three-column chart for students to keep track of their thoughts as they read an article or primary source. The first column is for facts, the second for questions, and the third for their own responses to the reading or to those facts...
Format: document/worksheet
From documents to digitization
To design a research project using primary sources from the Web, you'll need to know what's out there and how to find it. This article explains what's available, why, and where.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
The not-so-famous person report
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.2
Instead of teaching the history of the famous, use research in primary sources to teach students that the past and present were made by people like them.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Paintings as windows to the past
In this online course, students will explore proven strategies to bring the fine arts into the history classroom in order to broach history content. Paintings will become the primary sources through which students begin to explore the past.
Format: article/online course
A picture is worth a thousand words
An example of how a single image can provoke discussions at all levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. and David Walbert.
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide
LEARN NC works collaboratively with educators and other individuals from a variety of backgrounds to develop web-based resources for teachers and students. This manual guides educators through the process of developing content for publication on the web, including writing, design, technical guidelines, and copyright.
Format: book (multiple pages)

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Docs Teach
The National Archives and Records Administration has created Docs Teach to bring history to life for your students! Thousands of primary source documents are at your fingertips to create your own interactive activities. Or, use the ready-to-use activities... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: National Archives and Records Administration
Primary Documents in American History
Digitized primary source materials with annotations from the years 1763 to 1877. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Library of Congress
Using Primary Documents in the Classroom
Bring history alive with these suggestions for using primary source documents in the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Library of Congress