Lesson details


Social Studies


South Carolina's Role in the American Revolution


Chronology of the American Revolution in South Carolina

Recommended Technology: 

None needed, but could assist in the completion of the lesson progression.

Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Paper balls
  • Copy of Francis Marion and the Legend of The Swamp Fox
  • Copies of “Song of Marion’s Men” for each student
  • Copies of Gen. Greene to Gen. Marion letter for each student
  • Handouts to guide students in the examination of both documents, see Marion Document Examination Guide

General Greene to General Marion: Your State Is Invaded, Your All Is at Stake

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

As a key figure in the American Revolution, General Francis Marion, best known as the “Swamp Fox,” surprise attacked the British forces in South Carolina, destroying communication and supply lines. Many of the stories told about Francis Marion have been passed down by word of mouth, like folklore.  Therefore, many facts about Francis Marion have been exaggerated and changed. Students will examine a primary source to try to find some facts from the folklore.

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