• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

Teacher's Guide

The Fort Sumter Teacher’s Guide is designed as an informative tool for South Carolina educators. The National Park Service values education and strives to help students and teachers learn the unique history of special places.

National Park Service staff and volunteers developed this guide that connects the state curriculum standards to the NPS sites in the Charleston area. These sites include Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

We encourage you to apply any of the material found in the guide to plan visits or enrich and augment the materials you present to your students in the classroom.

Download the teacher's guide (pdf, 1.9 MB)


Lesson Plans & Activities

Fort Sumter National Monument gives you a wonderful opportunity to have your students experience the power of visiting the place where the Civil War began. The lesson plans below are designed to engage and prepare students for their trip to the historic fort. There are additional resources and information available throughout this website that will make your trip to Fort Sumter enjoyable and educational. We encourage you to use the activities listed, as they were designed to meet the state of South Carolina Social Studies curriculum standards and the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum standards.


Did You Know?

South Carolina state flag

The palmetto tree has been a symbol of South Carolina since June 28, 1776 because the first Fort Moultrie was built of palmetto logs. The battle of Sullivan's Island was the Revolutionary War's first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC