A Visit to South Carolina's African American Monument

History works best when people see themselves in it!
Taylor Students Learn About the African American Monument



In March 2006, the third graders from Claude A. Taylor visited the S.C. State House where they learned about the history and symbols of our state by observing art work and monuments. Using art work, monuments and the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" our students learned more about history and their places in it. Third grade Social Studies Standards were addressed that helped the students prepare for the Social Studies PACT test. South Carolina Day, the Fifth Anniversary of our State's African American Monument and a culmination of Black History Month activities were highlighted with this field trip. We used school buses for transportation. As the lesson progressed links, assignments and assessment were added. Special area teachers, Art, Music, Media Arts, Computer and Physical Education guided the students through a series of activities that enriched and enlightend. Each student received a bag containing brochures pertaining to the monuments and grounds, the interior of the State House, the African American Monument and the symbols of our state.

Don Simmons


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