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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About this "digital textbook"
LEARN NC's "digital textbook" for North Carolina history provides a new model for teaching and learning. It makes primary sources central to the learning experience, using them to tell the stories of the past rather than merely illustrating it. Special web-based...
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Artifact analysis worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing a physical artifact. It may be used directly on the computer as a PDF form.
Format: document/worksheet
Cartoon analysis worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing a cartoon, especially a political cartoon. It may be used directly on the computer as a PDF form.
Format: document/worksheet
Map analysis worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing a map. The worksheet assumes that the map is used in conjunction with studying a specific historical event, but may easily be adapted for other purposes. It may be used directly on the computer as a
Format: document/worksheet
Motion picture analysis worksheet
Worksheet for students to use when analyzing historical motion pictures, such as documentaries, propaganda, and training films. It may be used directly on the computer as a PDF form.
Format: document/worksheet
Photo analysis worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing a photograph. May be used directly on the computer as a PDF form.
Format: document/worksheet
Poster analysis worksheet
Worksheet for students to use when analyzing propaganda posters. The worksheet assumes posters created by the United States government during the Depression and Second World War, but could be adapted for other purposes. It may be used directly on the computer...
Format: document/worksheet
Primary sources: a process guide for students
Questions to consider when reading primary source documents.
By Dan McDowell.
Reading maps: A process guide
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 15
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.2
Maps, even contemporary ones, are basically primary sources that have to be analyzed and evaluated. This process guide for reading maps is based on Kathryn Walbert's model for approaching primary sources. I. Identification...
Format: worksheet/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Advertisements
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.6
A learner's guide to reading and understanding advertisements in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Editorial and opinion pieces
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.3
A learner's guide to identifying, reading, and understanding editorial and opinion pieces in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Factual reporting
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.5
This learner's guide introduces students to the use of historical newspapers as primary sources and provides key questions for reading them.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading newspapers: Reader contributions
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.4
A learner's guide to reading letters to the editor and other reader contributions in historical newspapers.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading primary sources: An introduction for students
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.1
A step-by-step guide for students examining primary sources, with specific questions divided into five layers of questioning.
Format: article/learner's guide
By Kathryn Walbert.
Reading primary sources: Worksheet
This worksheet breaks down the process of analyzing a primary source into five levels of questions: identify, contextualize, explore, analyze, and evaluate the source.
Format: document/worksheet
Reading slave narratives: The WPA interviews
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.7
A reading guide for students working with WPA Federal Writers Project interviews with former slaves.
Format: article/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Sound Recording Analysis Worksheet
Worksheet for students to use when analyzing a sound recording. The worksheet assumes historical recordings produced in the United States, but could easily be adapted for other purposes. It may be used directly on the computer as a
Format: document/worksheet
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Wills and inventories: A process guide
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.8
Guiding questions for students investigating daily life in the past through wills, inventories, and probate records.
Format: article/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Written document analysis worksheet
A worksheet for students to use when analyzing a written document. May be used directly on the computer as a PDF form.
Format: document/worksheet