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The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL.
Each spring break and summer, Education in Action offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy program to outstanding 4th-8th grade students. Participants travel to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin or Houston/Galveston to develop leadership skills and experience what they are learning in school through visits to significant Texas sites.
Four presentation available. 1. Texas Women deals with a look at women's lives in early Texas. 2. Laws Favoring Women deals with a look at how Spanish laws about women superseded Anglo laws in the Republic and State of Texas. 3. Pioneer Women deals with a look at how women coped with frontier conditions in early Texas. 4. Spanish Texas deals with a look at culture and society, including race, class, and gender, in...
Four presentations available. 1. Notable "Mexicanos" and "Tejanos" in Texas History, 1821-2000 deals with a biographical approach to introduce significant Hispanics and illuminate their roles in Texas, U.S., and world history. 2. Antonio López de Santa Anna deals with a biographical approach to present information on Mexican and Texas history during the first half of the nineteenth century. Stresses that even though...
Two presentations available. 1. The Legacy of Spanish Texas deals with how the history of Spain in Texas and Mexico bears on modern Texas society. Architecture, language, economic activities, and foodways are focus of the presentation. 2. Tejanos and the Texas Revolution deals with the role of Tejanos in the period of revolutionary Texas. Their roles in the politics and military activities of the period are...
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