All Lesson Plans

Detecting Bias in Public Relations Writing

Students will be able to recognize bias in editorial writings in public relations pamphlets.

Digging into the Colonial Past: Archeology and the 16th-Century Spanish Settlements at Charlesfort-Santa Elena

This lesson is based on the National Historic Landmark registration file “Charlesfort-Santa Elena,” and other materials. 

Objectives for students

1) To explain several reasons why the Spanish attempted to colonize eastern North America in the 16th century.
2) To construct a historical narrative and timeline of the settlement at Santa Elena using archeological information, maps, and artifacts.
3) To compare and contrast primary and secondary sources, and explain the value and limitations of each.
4) To analyze a collection of historical artifacts and describe how they contribute to our knowledge of the past.

Distinctive Fracture Patterns in the Blue Ridge

Students will be able to explain the geologic reasons behind rectangular landscape patterns.

Do We Have a Healthy School with All This Litter?

In this lesson, students clean up litter from their school grounds and then conduct a microscopic study of the litter to identify what kind of organisms are growing in it. They also discover the types of health problems that can occur as a result of such organisms and as a result of litter in general.

Do You “Blend In?”

In this lesson, students examine the different materials that mix and do not mix with water—an issue that becomes the springboard for a discussion about how our water supply can become contaminated and why we need to dispose of waste materials properly.

Drama/Anne Frank/Holocaust Unit Plan

This unit will focus on exploring drama as a genre through reading, study, and discussion of The Diary of Anne Frank (Goodrich and Hackett), found in the Prentice Hall Grade Eight Literature Book, SC edition. Students will be reviewing key events that led to the Second World War and the Holocaust, as well as exploring genocide and human rights (through discussion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). The overarching goal for this unit (in terms of transfer) is to have students explore what roles acceptance and responsibility have in their lives and the lives of nations. They will also learn the language and unique characteristics of reading drama as a literary form, author’s style in character development, and theme and mood. Students will understand cause and effect in plot development and decision-making.

Earthquakes in South Carolina

Students will be able to explain why the state’s largest earthquakes occur near Charleston.

Eliminating Litter Hazards in Our Community

This lesson actively engages students in solving an everyday litter problem as depicted in several scenarios provided by the teacher. Student groups read the scenario, discuss the hazard, determine possible solutions and consequences, and share their findings in presentations to the class as a whole. Scenarios are in section E.

Every Piece of Litter Does Count

This lesson encourages students to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their surroundings and to understand that a littered campus indicates a lack of student pride.

Exploring Plate Tectonics: A Hands-On Approach

Several activities exploring plate tectonics. Unit 1 has: continental drift hypothesis, defining the plate boundaries, and lithospheric plates. Unit II has: Divergent and transform plate boundaries, intra-plate volcanism, convergent plate boundaries, multiple plate interactions, and plate tectonic theory.