Check out these resources for Social Studies educators and families recommended by our Education Coordinator and certified teacher.

Teaching and Learning Ideas

New Lesson with Primary Sources

“Harriet Tubman, South Carolina, and the Civil War” is lesson correlated to 4th grade History and ELA standards. After learning about the Battle of Port Royal and the Port Royal Experiment, students examine primary sources to learn about the Combahee River Raid.

Harriet Tubman, South Carolina, and the Civil War PowerPoint Video

Harriet Tubman, South Carolina, and the Civil War Lesson Plan and Resource Packet

Videos for Teaching  and Learning South Carolina History

How did South Carolina Get its Shape? Video

An Education Coordinator explains how South Carolina’s borders were created and shares teaching suggestions and resources for elementary and middle school teachers to use in their classrooms.

How did South Carolina Get its Shape? Teacher Resource Packet

Using Maps to Trace the Catawba’s History in South Carolina Video

This video uses maps from the Library of Congress and SCHS collections to trace how the land the Catawba called home changed from the beginning of Carolina to the signing of the Treaty of Augusta in 1763 when they were granted a tract of 144,000 acres near present-day Rock Hill.












The exhibit is written for Grades 4 and up but the information correlates to Grades K-8.





This exhibit is written for elementary grade levels, but the information and activities correlate to early childhood standards.












Use these recording sheets to guide students through the process of observing and analyzing primary sources. For more information on how to assist students with this skill, contact CEO Faye Jensen at or 843-723-3225.

Analyze a Map - Primary

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Analyze a Map- Elementary

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Analyze Photo or Print- Primary

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Analyze Photo or Print- Elementary

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National Geographic

The National Geographic website is full of mapping tools, including an online tool to create maps specifically designed to your lessons. The site also has a downloadable and printable tabletop map that students can work with. This is great for any kind of activity or lesson about South Carolina history and geography!

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South Carolina Geography Education

Teachers can join the South Carolina Geography Education for free. Members can rent floor maps of South Carolina for use in classrooms. There are also plenty of free downloadable mapping resources as well as budget friendly atlases.

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Archaeology Public Outreach Division

The South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division, Inc. has activities and lesson plans to incorporate archaeology into the classroom.

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Alignment Guides for the 2020 Social Studies College- and Career-Ready Standards

The SC Department of Education has released the alignment guides for the 2020 Social Studies standards.

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Eagle Eye Citizen

Eagle Eye Citizen, a project supported by a grant from the Library of Congress, has interactive challenges for middle and high school students that focus on American history, civics, and government using Library of Congress primary sources.

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SC Digital Academy

The University of South Carolina Libraries created this site for K-12 teachers. Lessons and DBQs are organized by grade level and each one includes digitized primary sources and ways to incorporate them.

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Interactive Map

Explore historic hotspots on this interactive map of South Carolina.



James and Charlotte Gignilliat Scholarship

Each year the South Carolina Historical Society awards up to three Gignilliat scholarships to students of Huguenot descent. Students are judged on their ability to compile a family tree, academic ability, and leadership qualifications. The Gignilliat Scholarship Fund was established in 1973 by Thomas M. Gignilliat, who stipulated that the recipients must descend from a Huguenot ancestor who settled in North America prior to November 28, 1787. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 25, 2021.


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