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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Spring 2018 issue: Passing the Torch: Mentoring the Next Generation

Focus Questions

  • Describe two of the careers highlighted in this issue of Coastal Heritage where mentors are “passing the torch” to the next generation. How are the situations similar? How are they different?
  • Name three reasons why the “generational handoff” of knowledge is important.

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina State Science Standards and Performance Indicators

Social Studies

2-4.3 Recognize the cultural contributions of Native American tribal groups, African Americans, and immigrant groups.

2-4.4 Recall stories and songs that reflect the cultural history of various regions in the United States, including stories of regional folk figures, Native American legends, and African American folktales.

3-2.5 Explain the role of Africans in developing the culture and economy of South Carolina, including the growth of the slave trade; slave contributions to the plantation economy; the daily lives of the enslaved people; the development of the Gullah culture; and their resistance to slavery.

3-4.6 Summarize the positive and negative effects of Reconstruction in South Carolina, including the development of public education; the establishment of sharecropping; racial advancements and tensions; and the attempts to rebuild towns, factories, and farms.

8-1.4 Explain the significance of enslaved and free Africans in the developing culture and economy of the South and South Carolina, including the growth of the slave trade and resulting population imbalance between African and European settlers; African contributions to agricultural development; and resistance to slavery, including the Stono Rebellion and subsequent laws to control slaves.

USHC-3.3 Analyze the effects of Reconstruction on the southern states and on the role of the federal government, including the impact of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments on opportunities for African Americans.


1.E.4B.2 Obtain and communicate information to explain ways natural resources can be conserved (such as reducing trash through reuse, recycling, or replanting trees).

2.S.1A.6 Construct explanations of phenomena using (1) student-generated observations and measurements, (2) results of scientific investigations, or (3) data communicated in graphs, tables, or diagrams.

5.E.3B.2 Develop and use models to explain the effect of the movement of ocean water (including waves, currents, and tides) on the ocean shore zone (including beaches, barrier islands, estuaries, and inlets).

5.E.3B.3 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that human activities (such as conservation efforts or pollution) affect the land and oceans of Earth.

6.S.1A.4 Analyze and interpret data from informational texts, observations, measurements, or investigations using a range of methods (such as tabulation, graphing, or statistical analysis) to (1) reveal patterns and construct meaning or (2) support hypotheses, explanations, claims, or designs.

H.E.3B.2 Construct scientific arguments to support claims that responsible management of natural resources is necessary for the sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them.

Lesson Links and Educational Resources

A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina
Access this comprehensive social studies teacher manual developed by the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation . The guide highlights the historical markers in South Carolina related to African American history and provides lesson plans for students.

S.C. Marine Turtle Conservation Program
Sea turtles have been a focus of conservation, stewardship, and research efforts across the state for many years. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Turtle Conservation Program provides a wealth of information, ranging from ongoing research projects, survey data, conservation/stewardship opportunities, and education resources.

South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA)
SCMEA was founded in 1988 as the state chapter of the National Marine Educators Association and serves to expand and improve aquatic science education in South Carolina. Members include formal and nonformal educators, scientists, and those interested in marine science education. Joining this organization connects you to a wealth of educational resources, networking events, and grant opportunities. The 2018 SCMEA Conference is scheduled for November 2 – 4 at The Charleston Museum and if you are interested in learning more, visit the SCMEA site.