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Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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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.
Exploring the church in the southern black community
Students explore the Documenting the American South Collection titled, the “Church in the Southern Black Community.” Beginning with a historian's interpretation of the primary sources that make up the collection, students search the collection for evidence to describe the experiences of African Americans living in the south during the Antebellum through the Reconstruction Period centering on their community churches. The activity culminates in student presentations of a digital scrap book.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 10–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Government "kooshball" debate
Students will be presented with a situation where they will have to list pros and cons of an Islamic government and a democratic government. The students will be assigned one side of the argument and will write statements that support their side to be used in a debate. This lesson should follow a study of Islamic government and culture.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Terry Philbeck.
Graphic organizer: Nathan Cole and the First Great Awakening
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a diary excerpt that describes a revival in the 1760s.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Graphic organizer: The well-ordered family
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an excerpt from a book by an eighteenth-century Puritan minister about children's duties toward their parents. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer questions about the reading passage.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Hanukkah: Festival of Lights
A variety of activities including games, cooking, worksheets, art projects, and stories introduce students to the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Social Studies)
By Dena Negri.
Interracial "harmony" and the Great Awakening
The students will be introduced to two episodes in 19th-century American history, around the time of the Great Awakening, that show glimpses of some positive and negative consequences of interracial interaction in a religious context. The students will examine primary sources from the Documenting the American South collection to then be able to write a "sermon" from the perspective of a southern itinerant preacher during the Great Awakening arguing for or against religion as a cure for the social ill of racism and slavery.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Martin Luther's Reformation in Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The setting of Victor Hugo's novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the fifteenth century, the transitional period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance/Reformation era. This era ushers in the period known as the modern age and historical events are chronicled through Hugo's novel. Hugo sets The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the decline of feudalism and the infancy of absolutism through Louis XI (Spider King), the rise of a urban middle class and the beginnings of commerce as it is known today. Primarily this novel satirizes the Catholic Church's absolute power -- its abuses, and its excesses. Students will discover how Hugo's satire operates to show the Catholic Church's abuse of power during the late Middle Ages and the early Reformation in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Nancy Webber.
Pilgrimage: Mission
The students view symbols and traditions of world religions in artwork as a source for discussion of the effect of “mission” in world history. This discussion also parallels texts usually taught in English II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Betty Eidenier.
Reading guide: The religious world of the Cherokee
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.6
These questions will help to guide students' reading of "Maintaining Balance: The Religious World of the Cherokee" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions ask the students to consider Cherokee religious beliefs and how they may have affected interactions with the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Religion and slavery in the American South: Comparing perspectives
In this lesson plan, students consult a variety of primary sources from the Documenting the American South Collection to uncover the varied impacts of religion in the lives of slaves in the American South. They are encouraged to seek out multiple, and sometimes contradictory, perspectives of this history.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Slave songs
In this lesson, students learn more about the religious observances of slaves in the United States by presenting hymns from Slave Songs in the US digitized in the Documenting the American South Collection. This is a great lesson to introduce the intersection of religion and slavery in a US history or African American history class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
The sounds of prayer in Southeast Asia
This minilesson uses audio recordings of the prayers of three different religions as an introduction to the cultural diversity of Southeast Asia.
Format: lesson plan
By David Walbert.
Understanding Cary's Rebellion
This lesson plan will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about Cary's Rebellion in the North Carolina digital history textbook.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Unraveling a cultural mystery: Nepal
In this lesson, students explore two religious festivals in Nepal through audio recordings and photographs. Students begin with a vague knowledge about the festivals and develop a more thorough understanding as more information is revealed through the course of the lesson. The author recommends incorporating these activities into a larger lesson plan of your design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Social Studies)
By Kristin Post.

Resources on the web

Afghanistan Unveiled
This site provides information and lesson plans to accompany the film Afghanistan Unveiled, which focuses on the experiences of women. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
American Centuries: View from New England
A large American history library of full of primary resources, curricula, and interactive activities that will inspire students to learn about the 1700's, 1800's, and 1900's. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Memorial Hall Museum
Ancient Egypt: Science and Technology
Interactive website about the science and technology of ancient Egypt. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Museum of Science, Boston
Asia for Educators
Features classroom materials and teaching guides on Asia for use by educators and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Columbia University
Carnegie Council
A clean, easy to navigate site that acts as the “Voice for Ethics in International Policy”. This site offers articles, podcasts, events and programs. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan