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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 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...
The lumber industry has played a key role in the economic development of Texas since the end of the Civil War. Timber production in East Texas was partially responsible for the rapid growth of railroads in the state, as well as the development of the Texas paper industry and the rise of both residential and commercial building. However, jobs in the lumber industry have been considered as some of the most hazardous...
This lesson plan is sponsored by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. In the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, national support and funding for space programs and technological research expanded as the international political climate following World War II gave way to the Cold War. Often referred to as the “Space Race,” the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union for supremacy in spaceflight...
This lesson plan was developed from excerpts form the Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History and sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History. This particular plan contains two lesson plans that include the following: Lesson Plan: Texas Annexation 1 Lesson Plan: Mexican War and Early Statehood 14 The goal of this guide is to enhance your students’ visit to the exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican...
This lesson plan highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale...
This Lesson plan revolves around pioneer life in Mexican Texas. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony. Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling their land. In this lesson, you will learn what the Mexican government required of its new settlers and how these expectations might apply to...
This is a lesson plan that highlights Sam McCulloch and his contributions to Texas History. Sam McCulloch came to Texas from the United States as a free black man, but had no rights as a citizen under U.S. law. However, under Mexican law Sam was entitled to citizenship and land grants regardless of his race and status. Sam would become a hero of the Texas Revolution but how would the new government treat Sam? Within...
This lesson plan focuses on helping save the documents of Texas History. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell. Some files contain letters, notes or affidavits that give us a glimpse into the settler’s personal history. A typical land grant file contains the following information: ★ Who settled the land. ★ Why he or she received a land grant. ★ When the settler arrived in Texas. ★...
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