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Award-winning author Debra L. Winegarten gives a compelling interactive lecture on the role of Oveta Culp Hobby, a Killeen native, and traces her life through the use of story-telling, photographs, and video as she recounts the tale of the Director of the Women's Army Corps, the first woman to earn the rank of Army colonel, and the second woman in the US appointed to a presidential cabinet-level position.
In early 1836, Texans were involved in a life and death struggle for freedom from Mexico. They sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington, on the Brazos River. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear. Explore this FUN website to discover their...
Interactive game to teach students about the Texas Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Government produced during the Convention of March 2-17 at Washington.
This is a free curriculum guide on the Grand Jury system in Texas, based on a primary source from the Star of the Republic Museum – the transcript of grand jury testimony in a murder case from San Felipe de Austin in 1840. Guide includes information on the history of the grand jury in Texas, lesson plans, and a script for a classroom re-enactment of the hearing. Developed by Star of the Republic Museum and State Bar...
Students will examine the background of men who participated in the Convention of 1836 and explain how they impacted Texas declaring independence from Mexico.
Why did Texas want to be independent from Mexico? This lesson teaches the reasons for the Texans' desire for independence through the grievances included in Declaration of Independence written at the Convention of 1836.
Students will use primary sources to compare and contrast colonial technology with modern technology. Students will then watch the video In Washington Town and identify characteristics of a colonial town. After students have a feel for colonial life, they will examine the events that will lead to the Convention of 1836 in Washington-on-the-Brazos. In closing, students will create a flyer that will encourage others...
The students will learn facts and opinions given by William Fairfax Gray in his diary and will use prior knowledge to compare/contrast ideas expressed in his diary.
The student will learn how La Salle impacted the settlement of Texas and the establishment of Catholic missions in Texas and will write a letter from the perspective of an explorer.
The student will understand why most Texians wanted to be free from the rule of Mexico. The student will understand major events that fueled the Revolution.
The student will recognize the accomplishments of Gail Borden and why he was important to Texas. The student will understand how the innovation of the printing press benefited individuals and society in Texas during the Republic period.
Students will learn about everyday life in Texas in 1836-1837 from a first-hand account and research other historical events in Texas in 1836-1837. They will then write a letter from Mr. Mitchells perspective.
Tell each student to imagine he/she is an empresario who wants to encourage colonists to move to Texas. Although Texas is a beautiful place, have them remember that it is not a perfect place. Those who were encouraging others to move to Texas often made it sound better than it really was. Ask the students to think of some facts about Texas in the 1800’s that the empresarios may NOT have chosen to advertise. As...