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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...
Thie Week in Texas History, a video series released by the Texas General Land Office, documents significant dates in Texas History throughout the calendar year. In this video, learn about the origins of the Lonestar Texas Flag. The video explores the competing design options of the time period and the origin of the iconic winning design by Texan Charles Stewart. 
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 Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park has recently released a short video documenting the accomplishments of Ninfa Laurenzo. Ninfa Laurenzo, with the support of her husband and family, popularized fajitas in Tex-Mex restaurants and set numerous other trends in Houston food culture during the 20th century. Later in life, Laurenzo became very active in Texas politics. HAM slice #47 traces Laurenzo's life and legacy...
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...
In a recent release of the Texas Originals podcast by Humanities Texas, the story of Lorenzo de Zavala is documented. Zavala had a strong commitment to fighting oppression. Zavala was a leading official in the Mexican government under Santa Anna in the early 19th century, but he began to disapprove of Santa Anna's consolidation of power in Texas in the 1830s. At this time, Zavala became a prominent...
In a recent release of the Texas Originals podcast by Humanities Texas, the story of Lorenzo de Zavala is documented. Zavala had a strong commitment to fighting oppression. Zavala was a leading official in the Mexican government under Santa Anna in the early 19th century, but he began to disapprove of Santa Anna's consolidation of power in Texas in the 1830s. At this time, Zavala became a prominent...
James Harkins from the Texas General Land office presents an early photographic map of Austin in 1887 and a map used by Stephen F. Austin during the Mexican National period. Harkins explains the way in which maps were used by empresarios to advertise to settlers.  Harkins also explains the way in which maps demonstrate change over time.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image has recently released The Henry Kuempel Collection. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image received the films as a donation from the Austin History Center. The collection consists of the home movies shot by Kuempel, Texas resident, from the 1940s and 1950s. The films show a glimpse of the final days of Austin street cars, the early days of Round Up celebrations at the University...
The Texas Navy Association has recently released How the Texas Navy Saved the Revolution, a 22-minute video source documenting the role of the Texas navy in the Texas Revolution. The film advances the mission of the Texas Navy Association to present the history of the Texas Navy to Texans and non-Texans alike. The resource is FREE to teachers who complete a short survey at https://texasnavy.org/TeachersFilmRequest...
The Alamo along with the four other Spanish colonial missions in San Antonio became a World Heritage Site in the summer of 2015, making them the first places in Texas deemed to be of “outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity”. UNESCO’s recognition of the missions inspired the Texas State Historical Association to feature Dr. Jesús “Frank” de la Teja, Director for the Center for...
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 State Histroical Association provides a series of videos documenting the role Texas played in WWI. Sample topics include "Women of Fort Worth during WWI" and "WWI Training Camp in Downtown Houston"
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.
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