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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 lesson plan that highlights the Alamo. Remembering through education. The Alamo strives to meet the needs of today’s classroom teachers. We realize that the school year moves quickly, making planning critical. This Alamo Educator Packet is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge...
This lesson plan was developed from excerpts form the Curriculum Guide for Teaching Texas History and sponsored by the San Jacinto Museum of History. This particular plan contains two lesson plans that include the following: Lesson Plan: Texas Annexation 1 Lesson Plan: Mexican War and Early Statehood 14 The goal of this guide is to enhance your students’ visit to the exhibit A Destined Conflict: The U.S. - Mexican...
This lesson plan highlights John C. Logan and his contributions to Texas History. In November 1835, a young man named John C. Logan left his home in Kentucky and set out for Texas. Logan was seeking adventure as a volunteer soldier in the fight for Texas independence and an opportunity to improve his fortunes. As Logan and other volunteers made their way south, Texas settlers were on the verge of full-scale...
This is a lesson plan that highlights Sam McCulloch and his contributions to Texas History. Sam McCulloch came to Texas from the United States as a free black man, but had no rights as a citizen under U.S. law. However, under Mexican law Sam was entitled to citizenship and land grants regardless of his race and status. Sam would become a hero of the Texas Revolution but how would the new government treat Sam? Within...
This lesson plan focuses on helping save the documents of Texas History. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell. Some files contain letters, notes or affidavits that give us a glimpse into the settler’s personal history. A typical land grant file contains the following information: ★ Who settled the land. ★ Why he or she received a land grant. ★ When the settler arrived in Texas. ★...
This lesson plan highlights William B Travis' heroic accomplishment in a way to help students learn. Students will analyze the Travis letter using the DESCRIBE strategy. *Students will be able to discuss and draw conclusions about the purpose and meaning of the letter. *Students will be able to explain larger themes addressed in the letter and how these themes reflected and influenced Texas and American history.
This lesson plan focuses on the following: The first settlers came to Texas around 1821 with Stephen F. Austin who called for ten men to act as Rangers for the common defense against Indian tribes and Mexican forces in 1823. These early Rangers were paid in land and provided their own horse, weapons and equipment. Many of them served in the battles during the Texas Revolution and helped protect settlers during the...
This two-day lesson plan introduces students to the work and status of African American women before the Civil War and the changes and challenges they faced after freedom was granted in 1865. At the end of the lesson, students will have gained an understanding of the hardships of African American women confronted, their value to the development of the agricultural economy, and their accomplishments of African...
This lesson plan pays attention to the importance of photographs. Photographs are an important and unique way to relate history. In photographs of people, for instance, we can find clues to their lives by studying the images carefully and asking ourselves questions about everything we see and even about people or things that may not be in the photographs. This lesson plan introduces students to Texas women’s history...
This lesson plan introduces students to women’s involvement in Texas politics. At the end of the lesson, students will have gained an understanding of how Texas women have contributed to different levels of government. The three activities in the lesson plan can be covered in three-to-six class periods, depending on the amount of time that can be devoted to them. Some aspects of each activity can be completed...
This is a 4th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plan, created as part of the Project of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women's History. This lesson plan introduces students to Tejanas’ contributions to the early history of the state. At the end of the lesson, students will have gained an understanding about how Tejanas helped settle and develop the land in early Texas history. The lesson can be covered...
This is a 4th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plan, created as part of the Project of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women's History. This three-day lesson plan students will be introduced to Indian women in Texas. At the end of this plan, students will have gained a greater understanding of Indian women and their contributions to their people and to the land that became Texas.
This unit discusses the significant events and individuals related to the Texas Navy prior to, and during, Texas revolution through the life of the Republic of Texas.
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...
In this package, you will find everything that you will need to implement lessons to maximize your students’ learning experience with the exhibit. 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. If you should...
Thank you for choosing the “Gone to Texas”, Texas Pioneer, 1830-1860. 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...
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...
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...
Los Tejanos: The Ranching Experience explores the legacy of ranching from a unique cultural perspective and offers students a glimpse into what life was like for people working and thriving on Texas ranches. This resource guide provides students with learning activities that give them the opportunity to engage with the past, where they will refine critical thinking skills while learning about the value of work as an...
Originally published in 1998 as a guide to the ITC Exhibit Floor, Texans One and All introduces students to 26 settlement groups that have shaped Texan culture. Specifically covered in the new corresponding activities are the push and pull theory of immigration, including political, social, economic, and environmental push and pull factors, forced migration, and an introduction to the study of culture, cultural...
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.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educators tour of our new long-term exhibit Los Tejanos.
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