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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.
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...
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...
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 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 Lesson plan revolves around pioneer life in Mexican Texas. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony. Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling their land. In this lesson, you will learn what the Mexican government required of its new settlers and how these expectations might apply to...
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 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...
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...
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 is a 7th 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 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.
The Old Red Museum offers a variety of youth programs for children outside of the school setting, such as daycare programs, summer programs, holiday programs and scouting programs. Reservations are required.
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.
Students will view examples of Plains Indian ledger art from different eras, then create an example of ledger art that documents some aspect of their own culture. They will then write a paragraph explaining their choice of subject.
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. Students will gain an understanding of the hardships African American women confronterd, their value to the development of the agricultural economy, and their accomplishments of African American women during the Reconstruction...
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...
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