Lesson Plans

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  • A Siege Becomes A Battle

    This activity uses multiple short excerpts that discuss the sequence of events leading to Greene’s attack and eventual repulse at the Star Fort. Students will use chronological thinking to construct a deeper understanding of the siege and attack on Star Fort.

  • A Soldier's Tale of WWI

    In this lesson, students take on the work of a historian by analyzing political cartoons create from the perspective of a local WWI soldier.

  • A Survivor's Story: How Does it Really Feel?

    In this lesson plan, students will look at photographs of women and discuss their first impressions. After listening to an excerpt from an oral history, students will gain empathy for a flood survivor of 1999's Hurricane Floyd. They will contrast their first impressions of the photographs with what they learned in the oral history. Students will write a personal reflection that demonstrates their understanding of how emotional experiences might contradict outward appearances.

  • A Teacher's Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina

    This revised edition of A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina includes sites identified and approved by The National Register of Historic Places or the South Carolina Historical Marker Program and correlates the sites to the 2011 South Carolina Social Studies Academic Standard Indicators.

  • A Very Public Secret

    In this lesson students analyze documents that explore the untold lives of Free Blacks in Antebellum South Carolina.

  • Abolitionist Resolution Perseverance for a Cause

    The purpose of this lesson is to show that through primarily peaceful means people from different parts of society found ways to make a difference in the movement to abolish slavery. Through this lesson, students will learn that conflict can be solved in a peaceful manner. The Connection to Profile of the SC Graduate includes collaboration and teamwork, communication, technology use, and media.

  • Ace's Activity Book

    This activity book is a fun way to reinforce and enrich every student’s ACE Basin experience to instill a stronger awareness and respect for environmentalism and conservation, to broaden their knowledge of this area where they co-exist with a diversity of other life forms, and to encourage them to enjoy the adventure and discovery within Coastal South Carolina.

  • Achievements in Aviation

    Students will:

    • Define obstacles, achievements, and aviation
    • Research accomplishments of African American aviators
    • Research the Tuskegee Airmen for examples of achievement and their experiences with discrimination
    • Create a chart of accomplishments based on historical fact
    • Relate what they have learned from inquiry and research to their own experiences. 
  • Action in the Classroom: An Introduction to Environmental Science for High School Students

    As part of the Action in the Classroom program, this edition provides hands-on lessons, lesson resources (fact sheets for teachers that present more detailed background on issues), student activities and worksheets. Included in this edition are lessons on composting, recycling and air quality as well as fact sheets on alternative fuels, how landfills work and hazardous waste.


  • Adaptations

    Students will learn: 1) what an adaptation is; and 2) to research a specific mollusk.

  • Adopt A Wetland Curriculum Guide for Grades 3-12

    The University of Georgia's Marine Extension Service (UGA MAREX) published the Adopt-A-Wetland Curriculum Guide for Grades 3-12 for classroom and informal activities that are aligned to classroom standards. Great information on native and invasive species can be found in the fact sheets as well as pertinent information about water chemistry and natural coastal processes.

  • African American English

    In this activity, students learn about the history of African American English and the meaning of dialect and linguistic patterns. Students watch a video about African American English and analyze the dialect's linguistic patterns.

  • African American Experiences in the Era of the Civil War

    Charleston, South Carolina provides an excellent setting to teach students about several key concepts in the study of slavery and freedom in the United States. In this unit focused on the experiences of African Americans, and primarily the slave population in Charleston and the surrounding area, students will learn: • There was a wide variety of experiences of enslavement before and during the Civil War. • The Civil War had a direct impact on the experiences of the enslaved, including their attempts to achieve freedom.

  • African American Leaders in the U.S. Military

    Students will:

    • Discuss and define what it means to have an impact on society
    • Discuss and demonstrate how the Tuskegee Airmen overcame discrimination and made an impact on society
    • Determine if any members of their family are/were in the military
    • Research African Americans in the U.S. Military
    • Develop questions and responses about military leaders, using an historical context. Non-Fiction (read, listen & view) History & Citizenship (social studies) Public Speaking (write & speak) 
  • African Americans in the American Revolution

    Questions discussed in this lesson plan are: *What were duties and responsibilities of African-American soldiers in the American Revolution? *How did African Americans make significant contributions during the American Revolution?

  • African Passages

    African Passages is an online exhibit consisting of 49 image resources (photographs, maps, and documents) and 35 extended captions that commemorate the Ashley River Corridor in Charleston, South Carolina, as a unique site of memory in the history of slavery in the United States. This teaching guide offers suggestions for how teachers might use this website in their classes. It is structured so that teachers can use as much or as little of the suggested activities and questions as fits their needs.

  • African-American Architect: Miller F. Whittaker

    Property: Hodge Hall, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg 

    Historic Content 

  • After Slavery: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas

    This online exhibition and educator resource series focuses on the complex history of emancipation and the period of Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War. After Slavery showcases a rich collection of source materials organized for high school and college/university classroom use.

  • After the Storm: Charleston Earthquake of 1886

    In this lesson students evaluate the damage caused by the Charleston Earthquake of 1886 through photographic evidence. From the point of view of a South Carolina farmer, students devise a plan of action allowing them to participate in history instead of just listening to it.

  • Agricultural Careers 3-5

    This lesson contains information & hands on activities where 3-5 grade students will be learning about farmers, agriculture, and agribusiness. Our goals with this lesson are: 1) To help students develop awareness that farmers provide a variety and abundance of foods we need to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, and 2) to help students explore the variety of jobs available in agriculture and agribusiness.