Lesson Plan: Overview

Lesson Plan: Two: Through the Eyes of Benjamin Hawkins

Grade Level: 8th


Academic Standards

Standard 8-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of South Carolina and the United States by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

8-1.2 Categorize events according to the ways they improved or worsened relations between Native Americans and European settlers, including alliances and land agreements between the English and the Catawba, Cherokee, and Yemassee; deerskin trading; the Yemassee War; and the Cherokee War.

8-1.6 Explain how South Carolinians used natural, human, and political resources to gain economic prosperity, including trade with Barbados, rice planting, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and indigo planting, the slave trade, and the practice of mercantilism.

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Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
  • Severens, Martha R. Greenville County Museum of Art: The Southern Collection.  New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1995.
  • Golden Ink. "Benjamin Hawkins: North Georgia Notable." Available online at About North Georgia. Accessed 2003.

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As a follow up to "Reading a Painting: Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians" students still needed evidence of specifically what Hawkins' relationship was with the Creeks.  This lesson takes one class period of 55 minutes.

  1. Students study biographical information to uncover Ben Hawkins’ relationship with the Creek Indians.
  2. Hawkins' own writings are then examined for similar information.
  3. Students combine their research to reconstruct an understanding of the past.

Back to "Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians"

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Provided by the Teaching American History in South Carolina Project