Available Middle & High School Programs

Remember, although the programs are designed for specific grade levels, they can be modified to accommodate students of any age.
Program lengths can also be modified to fit class times as needed.

Make your reservation by calling 336.758.5282 or emailing moa@nullwfu.edu.


Anthropology and Archaeology
(6th Grade, Unit 1)

archaeology tools

Anthropology and archaeology shape our understanding of cultures and civilizations. But what are they? How is the work done? What happens to the objects? Through discussion, images, artifacts, and activities, students will understand the fields of anthropology and learn the processes used in land and marine archaeology.

Standards: 6.G.1.1; 6.H.1.1; 6.H.1.2; 6.H.1.3

Time required: 1.5 hours.

This program can be enhanced by visiting the exhibit Stories of Humanity: Anthropology in North Carolina.


Early Civilizations of Africa
(6th Grade, Unit 7)

Africa is a vast continent with a long history. Through discussion, images, artifacts, and activities, students will discuss the migration of people and explore some of its ancient kingdoms. Teachers can choose from 3 programs.

Bantu migration: This program focuses on who the Bantu were, their migration, farming, religion, and life.
Standards: 6.G.1.2; 6.H.2.1; 6.C.1.3

Axum: This program focuses on the rise of Axum, its importance as a trading center, and its decline.
Standards: 6.G.1.1; 6.G.1.2; 6.H.2.1; 6.E.1.1

West African Kingdoms: This program focuses on the rise and fall of the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai and their importance as centers of trade, education, and religion.
Standards: 6.G.1.1; 6.H.2.1; 6.H.2.4; 6.C.1.2; 6.E.1.1; 6.E.1.2

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Early Americas
(6th Grade, Unit 8)

Mesoamerica was home to several ancient civilization. Using images, artifacts, activities, and discussion, students will learn about the Maya. We will discuss their rise to power, religion, achievements, and theories about their decline.

Teacher can choose to have a combination program that discusses the similarities and differences between the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations.

Standards: 6.G.1.2; 6.G.1.3; 6.H.2.1; 6.H.2.3; 6.C.1.1; 6.C.1.3; 6.C&G.1.1; 6.C&G.1.2; 6.E.1.1

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Ancient China
(6th Grade, Unit 10)

Changsha stoneware

China has one of the longest histories in the world. Through discussion, images, artifacts, and activities, students will learn about Buddhism, Confucianism, the Silk Road, Qin dynasty, silk production, and other Chinese achievements.

Standards: 6.G.1.1; 6.G.1.2; 6.G.1.4; 6.H.2.1; 6.H.2.3; 6.H.2.4; 6.C.1.1;6.C.1.2; 6.C&G.1.1;6.E.1.1

Time required: 1.5 hours.

This program can be enhanced by visiting the exhibit Stoneware on the Silk Roads: Ceramics from the Changsha Kiln.


Feudal Japan
(6th Grade, Unit 11)

For a very long time Japan was an isolated kingdom. Using images, artifacts, activities and discussion, students will learn about the geography, shogun, samurai, Shintoism, and the feudal system of ancient Japan.

Standards: 6.G.1.1; 6.C.1.1; 6.C.1.2; 6.C.1.3; 6.C&G.1.1; 6.C&G.1.2

Time required: 1.5 hours.


American Indians in North Carolina
(8th Grade, Units 1, 2, 5)

brown vase

Before Europeans explorers and settlers arrived, North Carolina was populated by tribes of American Indians. Using images, artifacts, activities, and discussion, students will discover who was here, how they lived, and what happened to the Native people when Europeans settled this area. Teachers can choose from 3 programs.

American Indians in North Carolina:  This program provides an overview of American Indian history in North Carolina past through the present.  In addition to summarizing life pre-contact, it will discuss European contact, assimilation, citizenship, and contemporary issues.

American Indians before contact: This program focuses on how American Indians lived before contact with Europeans.

Indian Removal Act and consequences: This program focuses on how American Indians were affected by the Indian Removal Act, segregation, citizenship, and assimilation.

Standards: 8.G.1.2; 8.H.1.2; 8.H.1.3; 8.H.1.4; 8.H.2.1; 8.H.3.1; 8.C.1.1; 8.C.1.2; 8.C&G.1.4; 8.C&G.2.3

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Faith and Belief: World Religion
(6th Grade, Units 6, 9, 10)  (9th Grade, Units 2, 4)

Thai BuddhaReligious beliefs and faith are a driving force for people around the world. Through discussion, activities, images, and artifacts, students will explore some of the world’s major (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity) and lesser-known religions.

Teachers can choose to have an in-depth program on Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism rather than the combination program.

6th Grade Standards: 6.G.1.2; 6.H.2.1; 6.H.2.4; 6.C.1.2
9th Grade Standards: WH.H.2.2; WH.H.2.5; WH.H.2.8

Time required: 1.5 hours.

This program can be enhanced by visiting the exhibit Faith: Five World Religions.


Ancient Trade Routes
(9th Grade, Unit 3)

In ancient times, extensive land and sea routes were used to move goods, music, languages, ideas, innovations, foods, and religions throughout the world. Using images, artifacts, activities, and discussion, students will discover two of the most important ancient pathways: the Silk Road and the trans-Saharan trade route.

Standards: WH.H.2.4; WH.H.2.7; WH.H.2.9

Time required: 1.5 hours.

This program can be enhanced by visiting the exhibit Stoneware on the Silk Roads: Ceramics from the Changsha Kilns.


World Civilizations
(9th Grade, Units 2, 3, 4)

World Civilizations Program

The ancient world was filled with rich, powerful, and important empires and kingdoms. Through discussion, images, artifacts, and activities, students will discover civilizations from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

There are 2 options for this program:

  1. An in-depth program on 1 civilization.
  2. A program that looks at multiple civilizations. Teachers can choose up to 4 civilizations.

Civilizations to choose from: Egypt, Peru, China, the Maya, Kuba Kingdom, Mali Empire, Ghana Empire, Oyo (Yoruba) Empire

We discuss the geography, religion, trade, social status, and achievements of each civilization. Each program ends with a discussion of the importance and lasting effects of the Columbian Exchange.

Time required: 1.5 hours.


Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead
(All grades)

dia de muertes maskStudents will learn about the celebration in Mexico. This program is available during MOA’s annual exhibit, Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, September 10 to December 6, 2019.

Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour.