Lesson Plans

Below are descriptions of lesson plans created by schools, educators, museums, state and federal parks, and other educational organizations.

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  • The Rosenwald Schools: Progressive Era Philanthropy in the Segregated South

    This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Covers "The Rosenwald School Building Fund and Associated Buildings (Alabama)," "Rosenwald Schools in Georgia, 1912-1937," "Rosenwald Schools of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (1921-1932)," "The Rosenwald School Building Program in South Carolina, 1917-1932," "The Rosenwald School Building Program in Texas, 1920-1932," and "Rosenwald Schools in Virginia." It was published in June 2015.

  • The Salt Marsh Ecosystem

    Students will learn about the ecology of coastal salt marshes and how the location of Fort Lamar near these marshes affected the outcome of the Battle of Secessionville.

  • The Santee Project: A Detour to Success

    Students will be introduced to the Old Santee Canal and the Santee Cooper Project. They will become familiar with the two topics, map specific locations, and weigh the positive and negative aspects of the project. 


  • The Scots-Irish in the Carolina Backcountry

    Have students identify the Scots-Irish and explain their role in the Carolina Backcountry during the American Revolution.

  • The Sea with No Shores

    Students will be able to infer why the brown alga, Sargassum, is likely to be home to many marine organisms. Students can infer that the populations of organisms in the Sargassum are dependent on each other for survival.

  • The Strawberry School and African-American Education in the Early and Mid-20th Century

    In 1905, when Bernard Baruch bought Hobcaw Barony,there were many African Americans living there. Although there was a black school in nearby Georgetown, Baruch wanted to keep African Americans on his property, where they provided essential labor and services, and in 1915 he built the Strawberry School for Hobcaw’s black children. He expanded Strawberry School in 1935.

  • The Surge of the Storm

    A storm surge is a mound of ocean water that moves ashore with a hurricane.  It is caused by high winds of a hurricane pushing on the ocean's surface and the low pressure at the hurricane's center.  The Surge of the Storm education resource is a Grades 5-12 classroom activity which poses the question, "How does the storm surge of a hurricane affect the low-lying areas along the coast?" It includes web references and related material.


  • The Textile Industry in Greenville

    This lesson is designed to help deepen 3rd grade students' understanding of what the textile industry is and how it became so important to Greenville's development. The lesson uses a newspaper clipping from 1958 that shows a crowd of people at the 20th annual Southern Textile Exposition at Greenville's Textile Hall to engage students' interest in the lesson.

  • The Union's Grand Strategy

    This activity works well as an introduction to learning about the Civil War. It sets the stage for student understanding of why the war was fought, the objectives and strategies of both sides, and the sectional differences that augmented the debate over the direction of the country. Students will view three video clips from THE CIVIL WAR and analyze a map of the Union's "Grand Strategy" to defeat the Confederacy. Student questions provided here can be used for general class discussion or individual assessment. 

  • The Walled City

    This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building. 1. The student will identify three reasons for the location of the defense wall. 2. The student will illustrate the location of the defense wall.

  • The Wedding of the Rails

    Students will learn about the Transcontinental Railroad, its importance in settling the west, and its impact on immigration and Native Americans. 

  • Then and Now

    Using replicas of common items, students try to identify the objects and determine the purpose.

  • There’s a Railroad in My Town

    Students act as advertising agents in this lesson. They use photographic evidence and Google Maps to track the existence of rail lines throughout South Carolina towns. With additional research, students explore the history and necessity for rail lines in South Carolina. With research and photography, students develop ads that promote this once-booming industry.

  • These Honored Dead: The Battle of Rivers Bridge and Civil War Combat Casualties

    This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places file for Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.

    Objectives for students

    1) To analyze the Rivers Bridge battlefield and describe how its features reveal the soldiers' tactics and their efforts to avoid heavy casualties.

    2) To understand the cost of the Civil War in human terms by examining, comparing, and discussing accounts written by and about men who were wounded at Rivers Bridge.

  • This Land is Your Land

    This Land is Your Land is an interesting and aggressive lesson that incorporates research, hands-on activities and on-site learning to illustrate and reinforce how the geographic features of Upstate South Carolina contributed to the Patriot strategy in their ultimate success at the Battle of Cowpens, 1781.

  • This Little Piggy went to the Market

    Barbecue has been a southern tradition for a long time and has become a very profitable business. In South Carolina, there are four types of barbecue (tomato, ketchup, mustard, and vinegar and pepper) which seem to be regionally located. . In this lesson, students will create a barbecue business and explore the economics concepts relating to production, distribution, and consumption. This lesson is a culminating activity where the students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the sources of growth in a free enterprise economy in the context of South Carolina. 

  • Three Sides of the Smalls Story

    In this activity, students will identify and analyze the historical data found within two newspapers reporting on Robert Smalls and the CSS Planter. 

  • Tobacco Bag Stringing

    Classroom activities and lesson plans as well as timelines about the Great Depression and the New Deal.

  • Too Close for Comfort

    South Carolina consists of urban, suburban, and rural communities. Students will utilize maps to label and describe the different land use classifications. 

  • Topography

    The Battle of Kings Mountain is an excellent example of how landscape and geography can affect the outcome of events. Loyalist battalion of 1,100 men, equipped with the standard issue flintlock muzzle loaders known as the Brown Bess, established their camp on the ridge of Kings Mountain some 150 feet above the surrounding area and awaited the arrival of the enemy.  The Patriot force carrying long rifles approached the mountain from its base.