Students will be learning about North Carolina in order to respond to "letters" from students in Lebanon who are moving to North Carolina. All of the research and responses require students to demonstrate their understanding of North Carolina, but provide a real-world purpose for their research. They also provide a global view of how North Carolina is perceived, and the commonalities that North Carolina has with another country, particularly Lebanon.

After students research the topic(s) requested in the letter, they write a letter back to the Lebanese student. Sharing these letters in class provides a richness for learning and discussion. Teachers do not have to choose every time period, but might choose to match the topics of the letters to the curriculum.

Letters are tiered to provide an appropriate challenge for each learner. The age of the student who has written the letter should match somewhat the level of mastery or development of the student receiving the letter. All students should have respectful work to complete in response, but topics differ based on abstractness, complexity, and levels of analysis.

LETTERS FROM 1898








LETTERS FROM 1980





LETTERS FROM 2012






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