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Daily Life at Redcliffe Plantation in the 19th Century - Post-site Activity/Teacher Led

Grade Level: 3
Content Area:
Time to Complete:
45 minutes (in class), unknown for activities outside the classroom
Title of Lesson: Understanding the Past

South Carolina State Standards Addressed:

3.1.2 Identify historical resources in the local community.
3.2.9 Compare and contrast the various lifestyles of people in South Carolina during the Antebellum period.

Lesson Description:

The following classroom activities were designed to reinforce the information presented during the field trip and to assist the teacher in assessing the knowledge gained by the students from their visit to Redcliffe.

Focus Question for Students:

1. What do the photographs, letters, diary entries, and artifacts say about the people who lived at Redcliffe?
2. How can you find out more information about your family history and the history of the area that you live in?

Culminating Assessment:

1. Student should be able to discuss the differences between plantation life and modern life.
2. Student should be familiar with several methods for collecting historical information.
3. Student should be able to discuss the differences between slaves and their owners in the antebellum south.


Packet of documents and photos that illustrate the importance of family heirlooms, letters, traditions, etc.

  Letter writing
  Henry Hammond letter
  John Billings letter
  Family Tree
  Hammond Family Tree
  Sample Family Tree
  Reproducible Family Trees
  Anson Harp interview
  Adeline Jackson interview
  list of interview questions
  Hammond Family Journals
  Fictional Journal Entries
  list of journal questions


1. Write a letter to a family member, friend, or Redcliffe staff about their visit there (sample letters included).
2. Complete their own family tree (sample family tree for the Hammond/ Billings lineage that the students learned about at the site and a template for designing their own family tree included).
3. Interview a family member and share their story with their classmates (sample of questions for the students to ask the person they are interviewing included).
4. Keep a journal for at least one week (samples of journal entries from family documents as well as a list of questions that students can ask themselves to help them start journaling included)

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