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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 Texas Talk aired on Monday August 15, 2016 by the Texas State Historical Association. Fort McKavett was established in 1852 by the 8th US Infantry. The fort closed briefly in 1859, but reopened in 1869 and has been designated a Texas historic site since May 17, 1968. The fort is considered one of the most intact and preserved examples of Texas-Indian Wars military post. The fort has restored structures that...
This is a lecture sponsored by Humanities Texas and published online in July 2016. David Oshinsky’s lecture was funded by the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative in observance of the one-hundred-year anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. The lecture was delivered as part of Humanities Texas's 2016 "Post-War America, 1945–1960" teacher institute in Austin. Who could have imagined that Ron Chernow's fine...
This is a video documentary about one of the Harry Ransom Center's most famous and frequently borrowed art works, Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). The video documentary features interviews with curators and installers, the video narrates the painting's return to the Ransom Center, its unpacking and assessment, and finally, its installation on the first floor.
Listen as the accounts of 7 former slaves are brought to life through the voices of talented local actors. These recordings make up just a portion of the full stories recalled by James Grumbles, Marry Anne Patterson, Rosina Hoard, Sallie Johnson, Sallie Wroe, Sam Mason, and William Owens. Today their full recollections and those of 63 other former slaves from Austin and Travis County can be found at the Austin...
This is a video where Patrick Ettinger talked about his book, "Imaginary Lines: Border Enforcement and the Origins of Undocumented Immigration, 1882-1930", in which he shares the origins of immigrant smuggling and illicit entry on the northern and southern U.S. borders from 1882-1930, at a time when English, Irish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Lebanese, Japanese, Greek, and, later, Mexican migrants created various “...
As the nation moves deeper into the election season, let your students analyze the two images: then compare the political climate of 1900 to 2016. How do candidates travel to different venues? How do they get "their message to the people"? How are the party's nominees chosen? Analyze the ticket to the 1900 Democratic National Convention. Why is Jefferson's picture on the ticket? Where will the 2016 conventions be...
Frank Reaugh (1860–1945) is one of the Southwest's earliest and most distinguished artists. Working in the vein of American Impressionism, Reaugh (pronounced "Ray") devoted his career to visually documenting the immense unsettled regions of the Southwest before the turn of the twentieth century. A restless and intrepid traveler, Reaugh sketched scenes while riding with cattlemen during the height of Texas's historic...
"I was the first. Vote for Me!" is an interactive website that brings to life the important firsts in United States and Texas history who are part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for Texas elementary students. This website allows students to explore 21 animated historical figures who made significant contributions, paving the way to today. After viewing the animations, students vote on...
The Texian Heritage Festival's YouTube Channel is the official channel for the Texian Heritage Festival. Here you'll find a wide range of videos from previous festivals as well as promotional videos about upcoming events.
Part II shows you how to use oral histories in the classroom. Immigration is a major topic today in politics, the news, and the TEKS. This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts, and ultimately better prepare them for the STAAR tests. The resources, strategies and activities in this guide are inspired by the exhibit Why We...
Part I: Background Information on immigration and introduces students to important vocabulary words. Immigration is a major topic today in politics, the news, and the TEKS. This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts. The resources, strategies and activities in this guide are inspired by the exhibit Why We Came: The...
Thank you for choosing Cowboys and Cattle Drives, 1865-1885. In this package, you will find everything you will need to implement a primary source based lesson. We know that you may need to adapt these lessons to fit the constructs of your classroom and the needs of your students. Please feel free to copy the handouts included or create your own! We look forward to bringing the museum experience to your classroom....
Originally the State of Texas exhibit for the 1968 World’s Fair held in San Antonio, the Institute of Texan Cultures was simultaneously defined as a permanent research and production center dealing with the history of the peoples who make up Texas. The Institute’s charge as an educational center has not changed and the peoples of Texas remain fascinating and complex. Texas is, of course, a land, a state, once a...
Thank you for choosing Oral Histories in the Classroom. This easy to incorporate activity will inspire inquiry based learning that will teach your students how to analyze and interpret primary sources and use oral histories to dig deeper into their study of culture and history. As educators, we at the ITC understand that you may need to adapt these lessons to fit the constructs of your classroom and the needs of...
This easy to incorporate activity will inspire inquiry-based learning that will teach your students how to analyze and interpret images, and bring the museum experienceto your classroom! As educators, we at the ITC understand that you may need to adapt these lessons to fit the constructs of your classroom and the needs of your students. Please feel free to copy the handouts included or create your own! We hope that...
Teaching with Stuff: Artifacts in the Classroom brings the museum experience to you! This easy to incorporate activity was designed to inspire inquiry-based learning and to help teach students how to analyze and interpret objects.
Teaching with Stuff: Architecture in the Classroom brings the museum experience to you! This easy to incorporate activity was designed to inspire inquiry-based learning and to help teach students how to analyze and interpret historic buildings. The contents of this guide are based on Social Studies TEKS for grades four through eight, but can easily be modified for lower or upper grades depending on your individual...
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.
There are many ways that people learn about their past, their culture, and their traditions. While much of this knowledge can be gained through books, history and culture can also be passed down through experiences and personal records. One such record that can teach more about the past is the home movie. Home movies enable the engaged observer to learn about ways of life from the not-so-distant past. Styles,...
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