All Lesson Plans

Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne

The students will: Be introduced to the life of Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. Be introduced to stain glass painting, its history and purposes. Create a “stain glass” painting on canvas using the media of acrylic paint.  Theme of the painting will relate to events of SC during the time Bishop Payne lived (approximately 1811 to 1893, focusing in on the events of the Civil War and reconstruction using the SC History curriculum and standards. 

Bitter Sweets: Mapping Pineapples, Hospitality, and Slavery

This lesson introduces students to historic primary and secondary source documents and geospatial technology to explore nineteenth-century slavery and trade between the Caribbean and United States. Students trace the journey of a pineapple from Cuba to South Carolina, exposing new ways to think about the geographic, historic, and economic aspects of enslavement and how contemporary symbols have had considerably different meanings in the past.

Bivalve Biology

Students will learn: 1) both inside and outside structures of a bivalve; and 2) how these structures help each animal live in a different habitat.

Bivalve or Univalve?

Students will learn: 1) to look carefully at shells and observe differences between species; 2) the names of common shells; 3) to sort through shells or pictures of shells to determine similarities and differences; 4) to group species according to specific criteria; and 5) to communicate to the class what their shell is by listing it on a chart.

Black Americans in Congress Speak Their Mind

This activity is designed to accompany Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007.  Students have the opportunity to analyze a series of statements made by Black Americans who served in Congress. Students are encouraged to think about the role that quotations can play in the study of history.

Black Soldiers in the Civil War

In this activity students will analyze a two-page poster that the Government used to recruit recently freed slaves to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War. The poster refers to the Emancipation Proclamation and to President Lincoln's General Order 233 to provide equal pay for black soldiers and equal protection if they were captured by the Confederacy and became prisoners of war (POWs). They will learn how the U.S. Government tried to appeal to black soldiers and consider the importance of enlisting black soldiers to the Union's victory.


A lesson plan using an article from the Sandlapper Magazine about Jason Knight, South Carolina's Master Bladesmith.

Bobby D. Gist

The students will be able to explain the contributions of individuals from South Carolina and how they influenced the history of United States. The students will be able to explain how personal actions are constrained by larger social or historical conditions.

Bobby D. Gist

Students will define affirmative action.  Students will analyze the pros and cons of affirmative action.

Bobby D. Gist

Students will construct a planned community, and construct a map of the planned community.