Lesson details


Social Studies




The Colonial Economy

Other instructional materials or notes: 

Materials for activities:
Activity #1:

Beyond Barbados: Part 3 Barbados Adventures video clip
Capture Sheet Chart

Activity #2
What's Your Name Scene in Roots

Activity #3:

“Seasoning” the Slaves Article (included with lesson plan)
Student Reflection Activity Page (included with lesson plan)

Color pencils/markers (optional)

Activity #4:

Pictures/Drawings on Slavery Period
Chart paper or legal-sized paper

Activity #5:

Forgotten Fields: Inland Rice Plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry article  
Mind Map Instruction Page
Chart Paper
Index Cards

Activity #6:

Chart paper (Teacher can also create the Parking Lot on the board)
Student Assessment Guide (SAG) (included with lesson plan)



Slavery, Plantation, Resistance, Bondage, Chattel, Cash Crop, Race, Immunity, Malaria, Oppression, Dysentery, Seasoning, Negro, Cultivate, Hierarchy, Flogging, Malnutrition


Beyond Barbados Part 3: The Barbados Adventures Lesson Plan

Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Beyond Barbados Part 3- The Barbados Adventures video segment focuses on the growth and wealth of Barbados with sugar cane as the cash crop. It notes that Europeans developed plantations throughout the island of Barbados which became detrimental to their continued survival in Barbados and began to seek a new area to colonize to support Barbados. This led to Europeans colonizing what later became South Carolina. The video notes that the plantation system used in Barbados was transplanted to South Carolina.

Identify and compare significant turning points, including the related causes and effects that affect historical continuity and change.

To demonstrate their ability to use the skill of causation, students should:

●  identify significant events that led to change or maintain continuity.

●  evaluate the causes of turning points and how they lead to change or continuity.

●  evaluate the effects of turning points and how they lead to change or continuity.

●  compare the importance of turning points related to causality.

Essential Question: 

How does unequal wealth distribution contribute to racial inequities and unequal social relationships?

Lesson Focus Questions

  1. What were the major events that led to the growth and development of South Carolina’s economical, political, and social structure of the colony?
  2. What factors contributed to the development of South Carolina’s economic system and how did these factor impact Africans and Europeans? 



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