Lesson

Six Degrees of the Gilded Age in South Carolina

Lesson Overview

This activity is based loosely on the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. The teacher can choose to place students into five different groups, giving each group a challenge question, or can make this an individual project, assigning or having students pick a point to prove. The goal is to prove the assertion, using a multimedia program that projects student work in slides or frames, in six slides or less. The teacher can determine which program will be used, and what multimedia combinations (pictures, text, sound, video, etc…) can be used. Slides should not project opinion, but as with any good debate, use fact to prove the assertion.
 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

Can you prove one of the challenge questions about South Carolina in the Gilded Age in six slides or less?

Points to Prove

  • How did the “New South” grow from the poverty of the Reconstruction Era?
  • How are sharecropping and tenant farming similar to working in the textile mill?
  • Should Wade Hampton be remembered as a moderate Democrat?
  • Should Wade Hampton be remembered as a leader who worked hard to strip Freedmen of their rights?
  • How are textile mills, the phosphate industry, and the lumber industry connected to the growth of South Carolina’s industry in the 21st century?

 

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8

Social Studies

 

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    Lesson Created By: Lisa Ray