Lesson

The Solid South Shifts

Lesson Overview

Students will research and describe the events and historical figures that were integral to the Solid South’s shift from supporting the Democratic Party to supporting the Republican Party. Students have studied the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras, as well as events and figures of the Civil Rights Movement. The meat of this series of lessons focuses on the shift referenced in the essential question:  What factors led South Carolina to make the political shift from being a Democratic state to becoming a Republican state?  To do so, students will study a broader period of time, beginning in 1860 with the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln.
 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

Why did South Carolina shift its political party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party?
 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

8

Social Studies English Language Arts

  • Chart paper/bulletin board paper (Making Thinking Visible and Word Wall)
  • Index cards or quarter sheets of paper (Word Wall)
  • Poster sized piece of paper
  • String
  • Civil Rights era pictures
  • Sentence strips/adding machine paper
  • Markers
  • Student notebooks 

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Lesson Created By: Cherlyn Anderson, Margaret Lorimer