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For Teachers

South Carolina’s historic places are tangible records of the state’s history. Each historic place is unique and can supplement classroom lectures, readings, and exams. The following collection of lesson plans and teaching documents, divided into the time periods as written in the South Carolina Social Studies Standards, are available online for educational use:

General/Multiple Time Periods

A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina (PDF, 13 MB)

South Carolina Historical Markers by Time Period (PDF)

Colonial (Pre-Contact to 1763)

North Augusta is a Crossroad. What's a Crossroad? (3rd Grade)

The Role of African Slaves on South Carolina Rice Plantations (4th Grade)

Stono Rebellion (4th Grade)

Life on Two Colonial Plantations in South Carolina (8th Grade)

Lowcountry Rice Planting and Cooking (8th Grade)

The Trading Post with the Most: Colonial Dorchester’s Settlement and Economy (8th Grade)

American Revolution (1764-1783)

Kate Fowler: Tory Spy (3rd Grade)

The Old Folks Will Bless You and the Girls Kiss You (4th Grade)

The Battle of Fort Moultrie (8th Grade)

South Carolina: Loyalist or Patriot? (8th Grade)

The Battle of Huck’s Defeat (8th Grade)

Revolutionary Women of South Carolina (8th Grade)

Constitution (1784-1791)

Benjamin Mazyck, The Mystery Man of Goose Creek: A Curriculum for the Study of 18th Century South Carolina Low Country Huguenots, Rice Plantations, and Slavery (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Antebellum (1792-1860)

Between the Rivers (2nd Grade)

African American Life in the Pee Dee Before the Civil War (3rd Grade)

Oktoberfest: Celebration Honoring the Founding Settlers of Walhalla (3rd Grade)

End of the Line: What Happened to the Blue Ridge Railroad? (5th Grade) 

Too Large to be a Lunatic Asylum: South Carolina’s Mental Health (8th Grade)

Buying, Selling, and Trading in Antebellum South Carolina (High School)

Examining Slave Auction Documents (High School)

When Rice was King

Silent Cities: Cemeteries and Classrooms (PDF, 2 MB)

Civil War (1861-1865)

Robert Smalls: Warrior and Peacemaker (3rd, 4th, 5th Grades)

Comfortable Camps: Archaeology of the Confederate Guard Camp at the Florence Stockade

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

Reconstruction (1866-1876)

Being There: Understanding Reconstruction in South Carolina (8th Grade)

Second Half of Nineteenth Century (1877-1899)

Goin’ On Strike (5th Grade)

Images from South Carolina Cotton Mills (5th Grade)

Walking Down Main Street: The Changing Times of a Railroad Town (8th Grade)

Kensington Mansion: Plantation, Sharecroppers, Tenants (11th Grade)

1900-1940

Memories of a Mill Town (3rd Grade)

Work and Play in South Carolina (3rd and 5th Grades)

The 1920s—Not Roaring in South Carolina (5th Grade) 

Civil Rights Through Photographs (5th and 8th Grades)

The Historical and Economic Impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Carolina (8th Grade)

The Historical and Economic Impact of Military Bases in South Carolina (8th Grade)

Turn of the Century Immigration (High School)

What a Kind Santa Claus You Are (High School)

Northern Money, Southern Schools: The Rosenwald School Program (PDF)

World War II and the Twentieth Century

“Bus”ting Down the Doors of Segregation (3rd Grade)

Separate but Equal?: A Lesson on the Briggs v. Elliott Case in Clarendon County, South Carolina (3rd Grade) 

Social Effects of World War II in South Carolina (5th Grade)

From Cotton to Baseball: How Greenville Grew (8th Grade)

The Enemy in Our Own Backyard! (High School)

Brown v. Board: Five Communities that Changed America

South Carolina’s Equalization School Program