Lesson details

Grade
8
Subject

Social Studies

Topic

Reconstruction, Industrialization, Progressivism

Subtopic

The Gilded Age

Recommended Technology: 

computer access for students
projector in classroom

Other instructional materials or notes: 

Lesson books for history of Barnwell plantation.

Bitter Sweets: Mapping Pineapples, Hospitality, and Slavery

Duration: 
2-3 hours
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

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.

Essential Question: 

Are students able to identify and distinguish between types of sources. and reflect on the symbolism of everyday objects?

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