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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...
The Portal to Texas History and their companion site Resources 4 Educators offer My Texas History Notebook lessons, designed to engage students through activities and group-oriented projects. The activities include creating maps, conducting debates, and role playing. Some of the lessons bridge contemporary issues with historical events, such as the lessons Branches of State Government and Immigration to Texas.
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...
Comparing the American and Texas Revolutions enables the students to understand the similarities and differences of these two historic conflicts.
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...
For the Annotated Map of the Civil War students will work together in groups to complete an annotated map showing Texas's role in the Civil War, while investigating the roles of Texas soldiers, women, unionist, government, the economy, and the Blockade of the South.  Students will discuss battles in Galveston, Sabine Pass, Palmito Ranch, and Brownsville.  For a processing activity students will write a...
Students will examine William B. Travis letter of 24 February 1836 along with several nineteenth century documents detailing the siege of the Alamo. These sources represent how Texans and Americans perceived the events at the Alamo. This PSA allows learners to examine the siege of the Alamo using period documents and early histories from the late 1800s.
Federalism and the State's Response to Disaster requires students to demonstrate an understanding of federalism by focusing on real-word issues and current events. Students will analyze pressing issues to determine which governmental entity is responsible.
The Civil War was a key turning point in both American and Texas History. Texans suffered shortages of food and other goods due to the blockade. At no other time have emotions run so high or so much been at stake for ordinary Texans. Students will will analyze songs, photographs, and newspapers from the Civil War to identify examples of social, political or economic events and their impact on life in Texas.
Livestock including cattle was first introduced to Texas when Spaniards were colonizing Texas. After the westward expansion American cowboys modeled their own type of branding. Students in this lesson will analyze pictures and answer questions using the slide show to find out more about the cattle branding and its history. Using a Venn diagram they will record the similarities and differences between American and...
Immigration to Texas: Then and Now requires students to demonstrate an understanding of immigrant groups, demographics, and settlement patterns. Students' through interactive video, powerpoint slideshow and online newspaper links will learn about Immigration to Texas. They will create a Flipbook to showcase their findings and present to the class.To conclude they will take a look at Current Issues for...
The Civil War was the result of differences between the North and South. Among the main issues were expansion of slavery into the territories, the South's declining political power, states rights, and the retention of slavery.In this lesson students will research the key events that lead to the Civil War. They will use the power point slides and embedded newspaper links to access the online newspapers to learn...
The early 20th Century was an era of economic growth, reform and prosperity. Many progressives as they called themselves worked to make American society a better and safer place to live. In this lesson students will use "human statues" to learn about "monuments" and how they can come to represent an ideology. They will identify the important leaders of the Progressive movement and their impact on...
 In the early nineteenth century changing social conditions and the idea of equality led to the beginning of the Womens Suffrage movement. Women were participating in reform movements and taking an increased interest in politics. Why women were not allowed to vote was questioned.Using online newspapers and permalinks embedded in Powerpoint slides students will learn about the Suffrage Movement, and its role in...
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