Lesson Plan: Overview

Slave Code: "An eye for an eye"

Grade Level: 6th


Academic Standards

Standard 6-1:The student will demonstrate an understanding of the transition of humans from nomadic to settled life in the cradles of civilization.

6-1.4 Compare the cultural, social, and political features and contributions of civilizations in the Tigris and Euphrates, Nile, Indus, and Huang He river valleys, including the evolution of language and writing systems, architecture, religious traditions and forms of social order, the division or specialization of labor, and the development of different forms of government.

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  Primary Sources
1740 South Carolina Slave Code.  Acts of the South Carolina General Assembly, 1740 # 670. South Carolina Department of Archives and History.


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Graphic organizer (windowpanes)

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An eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth examines how the South Carolina white colonists felt about the diverse population in their state.  The slave code addresses specifically how these groups of people should be referred and treated for henceforth, with specific emphasis placed on those of African descent.  The Slave Code takes one class period (40 minutes).

1. Teacher will read background information on the time period during the 1700’s, which included the government and economic condition of early colonist.  A guided discussion on the institution of slavery will help students understand the purpose for the written law.
2. Teacher distributes the document to each student.  (Teacher may want to read it aloud depending on the reading level of your students). Teacher reads excerpts of the document and student were asked to read it to each other discuss it and placed it in an organizer.
3. Guide students in an open discussion about what was written in the document.  They are asked to write their opinions and viewpoints to be used in their reaction paper.  The teacher makes a point to relate it to laws that they are familiar with in our school, town, and state.  At the end of the class students are encouraged to keep the graphic organizer, to be used in tomorrow’s lesson. End of content
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Provided by the Teaching American History in South Carolina Project