Teacher Lesson Ideas

Child Labor in South Carolina

Fifth grade students explore reproduction images of children working in textile mills and published want ads for child labor from the early twentieth century to write about and create a poster outlining the positives and negatives of textile mill work.  After reading a poem about child labor, students will write a poem or diary entry about a day in their own lives.  Finally, groups of three or four students will use these activities to discuss how the American labor movement affected the social and economic life of Americans and economic benefits or drawbacks of working in the mill as a child.

Martha Noyes
Midland Park Elementary, SC
2004 Lowcountry Institute

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