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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Beyond the headlines: Kyrgyzstan
In this lesson, students research the recent history of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and explore its strategic significance for world powers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Jacqueline Olich.
Careers in medicine and the ancient Greeks
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.4
In this lesson for grade six, students will learn about ancient Greek medicine and the Hippocratic Oath and will research contemporary medical careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Mandy Matlock.
Diseases throughout human history
Students will trace the historical impact of disease on humankind and research key events in the history of disease.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science and Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
The French Revolution: "Those who have and those who have not"
This lesson is part of the French Revolution unit that examines the reigns of the absolute monarchs and the monetary crisis of the French government.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Social Studies)
By Kevin Huntley.
India's path to independence
This interdisciplinary plan includes the study of the effects of imperialism and India's struggle for independence through history texts, literary works, and online resources. Activities include a seminar, research, and a news broadcast. Although this unit is designed for integrated English II and World Civilizations, lessons can be adapted to other class structures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Marian Johnson.
It's in the garbage
In Intrigue of the Past, page 1.9
In studying archaeological concepts, students will analyze garbage from different places demonstrate competence in applying the concepts of culture, context, classification, observation and inference, chronology and scientific inquiry.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
Linking important geographic sites to world history
Students will learn the importance of geography as it relates to significant events or periods in world history, especially that which pertains to Europe and the United States.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Social Studies)
By Guy Swanson.
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.
Medicine in ancient Greece - Overview
This lesson provides a brief look at the origins of Greek medicine and a comparison with modern medicine. Also included is an edited text of the Hippocratic Oath.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Social Studies)
By Bruce Schulman.
Mummy madness
This is a lesson for seventh grade Social Studies students to learn and demonstrate the mummification process used in ancient Egypt.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Jo Oliver.
Those feuding Greeks!
This lesson is designed to familiarize students with the philosophical, political, economic, military and social differences between Athens and Sparta.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9 Social Studies)
By Pernell Collett.
World War I political debate
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 4.7
In this lesson for grades six and seven, students will use their knowledge of World War I to debate whether Germany should have paid reparations following the war.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Social Studies)
By Shea Calloway.

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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
Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
The film Beyond the Fire introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the U.S., who have survived war in seven war zones. These stories tell of loss, hope, fear, strength and despair—and most of all, resilience. At this... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Independent Television Service
Children's BBC Newsround
A United Kingdom news website with articles about events, arts and science that will be useful to anyone interested in what's happening in the world. Browse thematic picturecollections, play a game, participate in an online opinion poll, or just catch up... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: BBC News
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
Object-based art and history presented in images, video, and audio. Ancient Grecian, Ancient Roman and Ancient Egyptian artifacts are featured. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Art Institute of Chicago
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Working to teach students the importance of community involvement for a democratic society. This site provides guidance for educational programs, lessons, and publications related to civic education. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Cool Planet for Teachers
This site from OxFam helps teachers bring global issues into the classroom. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: OxFam
This program helps students to understand and appreciate other cultures of the world. It provides the resources that will make the culminating web project a success. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: Center for School Development of the School of Education, The City College of the City University of New York.
EDSITEment - Lesson Plans for History and Social Studies
The lesson plans available on this site are organized into U.S. History and World History, with subcategories within each group. The main History and Social Studies page is divided into two content area tabs: Lesson pLans and Websites. The Subject Navigator... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Endowment for the Humanities