Lesson details


Social Studies

English Language Arts




Inquiry-Based Literacy

Reading - Informational Text

Reason contextually and abstractly


Solving problems



Examine context to broaden inquiry

Gather/evaluate information from primary/secondary sources

Meaning and Context-Cite evidence to support analysis

Meaning and Context-Engage in a range of collaborative discussions

Meaning and Context-Prepare for and engage in conversations

Meaning and Context-Provide objective summary

Meaning and Context-Quote/paraphrase information without plagiarizing

Meaning, Context, and Craft-Write informative/explanatory text

Organize/categorize information

Principles of Reading-Read with purpose and understanding

Quantities in real-world situations

The Colonial Economy

Recommended Technology: 

Access to Internet through iPads, tablets, computer, or other devices
Headphones for devices (if videos are watched on devices)
Presentation/infographic apps (suggestions: PowerPoint, Prezi, Moovly, Adobe Voice, Shadow Puppet, Venngage, Easel.ly)

NOTE: In a 1:1 technology supported classroom, all of the following instructional materials can be accessed on personal devices if stored in one shared folder, such as Google Drive or One Drive.

Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Sentence strips or adding machine paper 
  • Chart paper
  • Chart markers
  • Highlighters

Prosperity for South Carolina

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
Lesson overview: 

In this series of learning experiences, students will gather information from primary source documents and media in order to develop an understanding of how early South Carolinians used their natural, human and political resources to gain economic prosperity. Students will explore and gather evidence in order to explain how the cultivation of rice and indigo, and the connections with the people of Barbados and West Africa produced economic success for South Carolina. 

Essential Question: 

In what ways did the cultivation of rice and indigo and the connections to Barbados and West Africa create a prosperous economy for South Carolina?

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Lesson created by:
Cherlyn Anderson
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