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Note to Teachers: This pdf contains a compiled collection of historical moments in our town's past geared for West's elementary age students. The highlights of our local history are presented with factual details, photographs, and graphics to help the students visualize how West began and progressed since its first settlers arrived in 1850. PDF can not be previewed. Update your browser or use the link found...
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has released a new student-directed lesson plan titled "Women on the Move". The lesson plan focuses on the National Women's Conference of 1977, which was held in Houston, TX. The conference was convened with the purpose of drafting a coordinated national plan to ensure gender equality and the protection of the rights of women in the U.S. The lesson plan emphasize the issues...
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission offers a lesson plan exploring the effects of railroads in Texas on population and industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The lesson plan prompts students to explore the transformative effects of the railroad on El Paso. First, students compare a 19th century and a 20th century depiction of El Paso to discern the changes that occurred during the period. Then...
We are one month away from the San Antonio Tricentennial. In an effort to promote San Antonio history, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. Lesson plans are available for students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. These lesson plans cover topics in San Antonio...
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. In this lesson, students create a visual timeline of the life of Tejano activist Emma Tenayuca and another visual timeline about a Tejano activist of their choosing. The lesson helps students to gain skills in developing research questions and research...
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has distributed lesson plans based off of the keynotes, breakout sessions, and fieldnotes of the SA300 institute for educators. In this lesson, students investigate maps, photographs, and readings in order to understand mission life during the Spanish colonial period. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the significance of missions in the early history of the...
This lesson plan targets 7th grade students and combines languge and social studies skills.The focus is the battles of Gonzales and Goliad in the Texas Revolution and the vocabulary necessary to understand the history. Challenging comprhension and discussing conflicts are central to the lesson.
The Texas WWI Centennial Organization provides resources for schools to create and host their own 2017 Veteran's Day to tell the Texas WWI story. This google drive provides sample school annoucement templates, program outlines, and more!
The Texas State Historical Association provides a list of suggested activities and resources for schools and classrooms to use to commemorate WWI veterans.
The Texas State Historical Association is providing a list of suggested activities and resources for schools and classrooms to use to remember and commemorate WWI veterans.
The Library of Congress provides a three-part Experiencing War web feature, which features primary source collections detailing the lives of veterans who fought in World War I.
The online resource illustrates a variety of ways to bring the scale of American involvement in World War I home to students through a resource easily accessible by classroom teachers, American Armies and Battlefields in Europe, also known as the Blue Book,by ABMC. Using maps, statistics, and written sources referenced in the Blue Book and other ABMC materials that are easily accesible on the site...
Students will use web and print materials to read a map of Texas forts and analyze westward expansion of the frontier from Statehood to the Civil War.
This lesson introduces students to making inferences about artifacts based on context, or where the artifact is located in relation to other artifacts or its surroundings. This lesson also reinforces the use of a grid system to find location. Students will use a grid system to study archeology, make inferences about artifacts, and make conclusions about the past Lifeways of ancient Texas
Over the course of this lesson plan students will learn to explain the significant role that Spanish missions played in the early history of Texas and the Southwest, describe the psychological and cultural factors that led the Coahuiltecan Indians to accept mission life, explain the role irrigation systems, such as acequias, played in the development of Texas farmland and other arid areas, and...
Students will locate San Antonio River, acequis and missions on aerial photographs.  They will also assume the persona of a member of the Catholic Church, the military, or a Spanish colonist and practice writing a petition to the Spanish Crown.  The ultimate goal will be to have students understand how the Spanish system of colonization and water usage influenced San Antonio.
The purpose of this lesson is to have students understand the reasons for Spanish settlement of the El Paso valley in Texas, events that transpired there, and what life was like for Indians and Spanish settlers. Students will work in cooperative groups to view examples of rock art, research the culture that produced it, and write a short, guided essay describing the rock art’s origins.
Through the analysis of primary-source archival footage from TAMI’s interactive web exhibit, “Weathering Texas,” students will demonstrate an understanding of extreme weather events in Texas during the 20th and 21st centuries. Teachers will take students in grades 3 - 8 on a “guided tour” of “Weathering Texas,” where students will explore the historical context of certain events and the conditions that made them...
This lesson was part of a collaboration between the Library of Congress and National History Day. This version appeared in the 2015 NHD theme book and is supplemented with additional Texas newspaper resources. Chronicling America makes digital copies of newspapers from around the country dated between 1836 and 1922 available online. Available through the Library of Congress with support from the National Endowment...
TAMI is happy to release its newest lesson plan, Texas in Transition: Social, Political, and Economic Issues in 1920s Texas. Completely free and full of primary source materials, Texas in Transition uses a project-based learning approach to improve retention of new content and develop students’ personal ties to the past. Accompanying worksheets and an annotated list of resources for additional research are also...
This is a lesson plan that highlights the Alamo. Remembering through education. The Alamo strives to meet the needs of today’s classroom teachers. We realize that the school year moves quickly, making planning critical. This Alamo Educator Packet is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge...
THEME: The completion of the transcontinental railroad not only made it easier to transport goods and people across the country, it also put an end to the hard work of the thousands of immigrant railroad workers and Americans who constructed the railroad. Its completion was cause for much celebration, that's why the Golden Spike Ceremony took place. SUBJECTS: Language Arts, History, Drama OBJECTIVES: To gain an...
Transcontinental Railroad offers insights into topics in American history including the settling of the West; manifest destiny; contact and conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers; experiences of workers, including Chinese immigrants and Civil War veterans, in building the railroad; 19th century speculators and the rush to claim land; the Crédit Mobilier scandal and the backroom dealings that financed...
While the physical geography of the state has remained largely unaltered since 1823, the way that people use the land around them has changed significantly. Westward expansion, the livestock industry, and the discovery of oil all helped to alter the face of our great state. Students in grades four through eight will explore the physical and cultural geography of Texas in relation to such concepts as scale, direction...
This lesson explores this unique period of growth in the U.S. space program focusing on the role of the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center) and the contributions of workers at the Texas site. Using films produced by NASA and staff at the Manned Spacecraft Center, as well as home movies and other promotional films, students will gain a greater understanding of the developments within the space...
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