Shoring Up ANCHOR for the New School Year

Monday, August 5, 2019

Teachers are busy people and locating student-friendly historical texts is an incredibly time consuming process. Not all sources of historical information are created equal, and anything put in the hands of students must be reliable in addition to accessible. On NCPedia and ANCHOR, reliable and accessible resources abound, ready to be used by any educator, but especially those in the Social Studies domain.   


A screen capture of the ANCHOR page “Louisa Jacobs on Freedmen.”

ANCHOR: A North Carolina History Online Resource is set up as an online history textbook developed with a sixth to twelfth grade audience in mind -- but it’s a worthwhile resource for learners and junior historians of all ages. Each page is valuable as a standalone resource. We have been working to add historical context to primary sources and additional resources -- including related people, artifacts, lesson plans, and more -- to each ANCHOR page. This will enable students and teachers not only to readily access the wealth of historical knowledge in ANCHOR, but also extend and solidify learning opportunities in a variety of ways. 

New Resources for Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction Chapters 

This summer, we’ve focused on the Antebellum as well as Civil War and Reconstruction Chapters in ANCHOR. In these chapters you will find newspaper articles from the period, narratives of enslaved peoples, excerpts of journals from North Carolinians who supported and opposed secession, letters home from troops in the Civil War, minutes from the 1866 North Carolina Freedmen’s Convention, and much, much more. If a student comes to an especially challenging word in the document, they can immediately access a definition on ANCHOR. If they’d like to know more about an individual or topic discussed in the document, that information is only a click away.  


ANCHOR’s homepage can be accessed here or through NCpedia’s landing page. Since ANCHOR is divided into historical periods, ANCHOR enables educators and students to zero in on the particular eras and topics most relevant to their needs. ANCHOR pages also appear as results if searching using NCpedia’s search function.   

More for Educators  

Educators can find additional resources – including research guides, lesson plans, fast facts, and more – on NCpedia’s Educator Resources page. We are also seeking input from North Carolina’s educators through an educator needs survey. The feedback received from educators through this survey will inform future updates and expansions. This survey is open through September 9, 2019 at

Alyssa Putt, Digital Team