Lesson details


Visual & Performing Arts

Social Studies


Antebellum Period, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Novice Low-Performing/Producing/Presenting Theatre


Communicate character traits

Economic Conditions for Various Classes

Recommended Technology: 
  • Interactive Projector Board (SMART Board)
  • PowerPoint
Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Various photos of the Antebellum period showing multiple classes of people.
  • Sticky notes
  • Penicls

A Day in the Life… Using Tableau to Explore Historical Events – Antebellum Period

Less than 1 hour
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Students will create tableaus and original dialogue to demonstrate an understanding of the social classes of the Antebellum time period.

Essential Question: 

How can tableaus be used as an acting tool for various characters/people?
What was life like in South Carolina during the antebellum period?
What were the different classes of people in South Carolina and what were their lives like during the antebellum period?
What impact did the cotton gin have on slavery in the South?
What role did slavery play in South Carolina’s secession from the Union?
Why were many South Carolinians fearful of abolitionists?
Why did South Carolinians have such a strong belief in states’ rights?

Horizontal Tabs

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