Lesson Plans and Activities
During the 2011 summer, a group of local teachers prepared a variety of Ninety Six-related lesson plans and activities. This was a result of participation in Lander University's Teaching American History in the Lakelands (TAHL). Teaching American History in the Lakelands is part of a federal Teaching American History Grant Program. This grant program supports programs that raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history.
The lesson plans and activities are as follows, in PDF:
Field Trip Activities: Students will explore Ninety Six National Historic Site which commemorates two important Revolutionary War battles. The field trips allows students to view exhibits, watch the orientation video, and walk the interpretive trail. Here there are five versions of field trips to Ninety Six: Field Trip 1, Field Trip 2, Field Trip 3, Field Trip 4, Field Trip 5 - "Ninety Six or Bust"
A Ranger Visits the Class: A Ranger will come to the classroom to speak about the history of Ninety Six and the battles that were fought.
Andrew Pickens: Students will understand the partisan warfare of Andrew Pickens who was a key leader of the American Revolution through the use of maps, historical literature, and videos.
Importance of Ninety Six: Students will explore the siege of Ninety Six utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
Men and Battles to Freedom: Students will use primary and secondary sources to gather information to create a skit, poster, map, presentations, and diorama depicting their findings on three major battles and three key leaders in South Carolina during the American Revolution.
Captain Sadler's Camp: Students will actively participate in a presentation that demonstrates the lifestyle of Native Americans and colonists.
Living History Day: Students will step back in time to experience the everyday life of a soldier and colonist during the Revolutionary War era.
A Day in the Battlefield Field Trip: Students will visit the site and walk the trail to enhance their learning of the battles fought during the Revolution at Ninety Six.
The Role of Ninety Six and the Star Fort in the American Revolution: Students will learn about the importance of both the 1775 Battle and the 1781 Field Siege in the American Revolution.
South Carolina Revolutionary Battles: Students will research major Revolutionary War battles that took place in South Carolina and create news report presentations.
Star Fort: This lesson will present information on the Siege of Ninety Six and the importance this siege had on the American Revolution. The lesson will also focus on the relationships between the citizens of the South Carolina Backcountry and the struggle between the loyalist and patriots.
United States History and Constitution
Patriot or Loyalist?: Students will learn about the breakdown of patriots and loyalists in South Carolina and how it relates to the Siege of Ninety Six.
Battles of the American Revolution: Students will create presentations on one of the battles of the American Revolution after analyzing pictures of each battle.