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"Comfortable Camps?" Archeology of the Confederate Guard Camp at the Florence Stockade

This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places documentation for “The Stockade” and “Florence National Cemetery,” part of the “Civil War Era National Cemeteries MPS;" and on archival and archeological research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (NCA), conducted by archeologists with MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. (MACTEC).

Objectives for Students:

1) To describe the equipment and supplies available to the guards at the Florence Stockade and the conditions they experienced in their camp. 
2) To compare and contrast conditions for the prisoners inside the stockade with those of the guards outside its walls. 
3) To describe the archeological methods used to investigate the campground. 
4) To discuss how archeological data influences the historical record. 
5) To compare the experience of women in the Civil War to women who have served in more recent wars.

"Forward" to the Great Escape

In this lesson, students will read a primary source document from Documenting the American South and examine a painting by Jacob Lawrence to understand the conditions of the underground railroad before the Civil War. Students will then create a painting and a narrative related to the underground railroad.

"Holocaust Remembered" Educators' Packet

This is an educators guide  for use in the classroom as a resource to teaching the Holocaust, which includes information on SC and Columbia survivors. 

"Home Sweet Home" in the Intertidal Zone

Students will explore the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the intertidal zone.

18th Century Children

This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building. The students will be able to compare and contrast their lives to those of 18th century children. The students will be able to identify key factors of daily life in 18th century America

A Day in the Life of a Soldier

This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building. Students will write a journal entry as if they were a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Students should discuss the importance of the soldier’s equipment in relationship to daily life.

A Day in the Life of…18th Century Occupations

This is a lesson plan from The Powder House, South Carolina's oldest public building. 1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of colonial occupations: blacksmith, cooper, mason, candlestick maker, and a cobbler. 2. The students will create a “Help Wanted” ad describing in three sentences the duties of an occupation during the colonial times.

A Fish's Wish

A short activity book to help young learners find out about runoff pollution from a fish's point of view. (grades 2 – 5)

A forced migration: Reading lesson

In this lesson plan, students read an article about the slave trade in West Africa, which caused the kidnapping of millions of free West Africans by slave traders. The lesson plan includes reading strategies designed to prepare students for end-of-grade reading test.

A House Divided: Photography in the Civil War

This activity provides an interactive look at photography from the Civil War. Participants examine a set of photographs and later place those shots into the historical context of the Civil War.

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