Teacher Lesson Ideas

Child Labor in the Carolinas

South Caroliniana Library’s collection includes Child Labor in the Carolinas, a 1909 article by A.J. McKelway that looks at the dangerous conditions for children employed in textile mills.  The accompanying photographs can be used with students in a writing exercise to describe the pictures based on what they can see, what they have learned about child labor in class, and how they feel as a reaction to the images.  As a lesson designed for 8th graders, students are able to contrast their lives with the children in the pictures who are generally the same age of younger.  For a complete lesson on this topic, click here

Ava Doby
Dent Middle School
2004 Midlands Institute

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