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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.
This is a fun short and informative documentary on the history of Texas by the History Channel. The documentary talks about the following: Spanish missionaries were the first European settlers in Texas, founding San Antonio in 1718. Hostile natives and isolation from other Spanish colonies kept Texas sparsely populated until following the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence, when the newly...
Cemeteries are accessible primary sources that exist in virtually every community. They refl ect the hopes and disappointments of the former residents as well as their successes and shortcomings. To a student of history they provide specifi c information that can be collated and analyzed to uncover the life patterns of residents at specifi c times. This unit is a guide to the use of the cemetery resources for middle...
This lesson contains three mini-lessons that may be used independently or together. In these lessons, students will explore a painting based on an actual farmstead site owned by former slaves, Ransom and Sarah Williams, to learn about African-American family life in 19th-century Texas. They will work in pairs or groups to learn about the various activities and chores shown in the painting, examine the artifacts...
Material objects found at historical sites can be both intriguing and informative, especially when examined carefully in the classroom with students. A thorough discussion of any given artifact can be based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, a classifying device used to illustrate the hierarchy of thinking levels, from simple and concrete to complex and abstract. Analyzing artifacts from the Ransom Williams farmstead using Bloom'...
Students will learn what Freedom Colonies were and identify Texas Freedom Colonies on a map. Students will work in cooperative groups to research positive and negatives aspects of African-American life after slavery within the Freedom Colonies.
Students will explore a variety of county government records to learn how Ransom Williams, an African American living in post-Civil War, Texas, began the transition to freedom by exercising the right to vote and own property. Students will work with partners to analyze a 19th-century primary source document, then create their own county government documents and answer questions about Ransom Williams and the...
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya hosts this History Channel two-hour (90 minute program time) special exploring the war that few American history books describe in depth, as it represents the only time in history when the United States could be considered a nation of conquest. As the result of the war, President James Polk was able to expand American borders to the Pacific Ocean, taking over nearly half of Mexico's...
FBI Strikes Waco, Texas Cult Compound (0:39) TV-PG On April 19, 2003, after a 51-day standoff with Branch Davidian cult members and their leader David Koresh, the FBI opened a tear-gas assault on the cult's compound in Waco, Texas. A news report that evening describes the scene as the cult sets fire to its buildings, and FBI spokesman Bob Ricks reacts.
Texas Joins the Union (2:52) TV-G Texans are known for their independent spirit, but joining the Union might have saved the state from disaster.
Inaugural Address: George H.W. Bush (2:12) TV-PG Excerpts from George Herbert Walker Bush's inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1989.
How Texas Got Its Shape (2:41) TV-G Texas may have a “go-it-alone” reputation, but the state needed the United States much more than the nation needed the state. The Republic of Texas had to give up territory that stretched as far as modern-day Wyoming in exchange for statehood. Appx. 3 min long.
The Alamo (2:37) TV-PG Find out why the battle of the Alamo still captures the imaginations of Americans after more than two centuries. Video is appx. 3 min long.
Dust Storms Strike America (2:48) TV-PG Families were driven out of the once fertile Great Plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City. Video is a bit under 3 min long.
Black Gold (2:41) TV-PG Spindletop, an east Texas oil Field, produced 80,000 barrels a day and changed the country and oil production forever. Video is a bit under 3 min long.
Deconstructing History: Alamo (2:47) TV-14 It has become the site and symbol of the battle for Texan independence, but there is much more to the story. Find out why Americans will always remember the Alamo. This video is a little under 3 min long.
In the segment "Jordan," date: 09/23/72: Texas State Senator Barbara Jordan gives a speech. This film reel contains short segments on news events in the Channel 11 viewing area, mostly within the city of Houston. The segments were filmed prior to the news show, and the anchorperson would have provided a voice-over describing the action and highlights of the news story. Each reel contains a series of film clips...
Mexican Heart Patient Operation by DeBakey & Baylor: Press conference following a successful procedure using the DeBakey pump on a heart patient, Mrs. Esperanza del Valle Vasquez, from Mexico City. The DeBakey pump, built by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Rice University, and the Methodist Hospital in Houston, was used to take over part of the heart's workload following surgery while the patient was fitted for two...
KHOU-TV Film Box 6902, Reel 2 : footage from February to April, 1969: Cooley on Heart - Cost, Date: "04/06/69": Dr. Cooley discusses the cost of creating an artificial heart following the first implant of such a device. This film reel contains short segments on news events in the Channel 11 viewing area, mostly within the city of Houston. The segments were filmed prior to the news show, and the anchorperson would...
Lesson Plan - A thorough discussion of any given artifact can easily be based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, a teaching tool that can take students through the hierarchy of thinking levels, from simple and concrete to complex and abstract. Analyzing artifacts using Bloom’s Taxonomy allows students on all levels (from remedial to gifted and talented) to exercise the complete range of critical thinking skills.
Lesson Plan/Unit - students will use primary source materials to learn about African American history at the turn of the 19th-20th century in Texas.
Lesson plan in which students will research archeological sites in Texas using Internet resources and create a class mural of poster board collages illustrating natural regions and the archeological sites found in them.
Lesson Plan - students will map the ecoregions in Texas and illustrate native vegetation.
Lesson Plan in which students will work in groups to write a descriptive report of a mystery artifact.
Lesson plan to explore the roles of a variety of people who lived or worked at a nineteenth-century Texas frontier fort or in a nearby frontier town and to reach a greater understanding of life on the Texas frontier by choosing a character and writing in his/her voice.
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