Texas History Materials

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Welcome to the GLO's Texas History lesson plans page. Our educators and archivists have crafted the following lesson plans for Texas teachers and students. Relevant Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) references are included with every lesson plan, along with supplemental files and information as needed.


Victory Or Death!

TEKS - 7.1C - 7.3B - 7.3C - 7.21B - 7.21B - 7.21D - 7.21F - 7.22A - 7.22B - 7.22D

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A desperate commander makes a plea for reinforcements, but there’s more to Travis’ February 23, 1836 letter than meets the eye. Use either the Document Analysis or DESCRIBE strategy to unlock the deeper meaning of one of the most famous letters in Texas and American history.

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Honoring Our Past

TEKS - Social Studies, Geography 7.8

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One interesting and creative way to honor our state’s past is to create a commemorative map. A commemorative map usually focuses on a single topic or theme. The topic can be historical (e.g., the Texas Revolution) or thematic (e.g., Railroads of Texas). The Texas General Land Office has several commemorative maps in its collection. These maps highlight information on a specific topic and are interesting visual reminders of our rich heritage. What topic will you choose?

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Call To Arms

TEKS - Social Studies, Geography 8, 10, 11

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Looking for a meaningful service project for your students? How about helping to save the documents of Texas history — literally. Here's how ...

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The Saga of Sam McCulloch

TEKS - Texas History 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.11, 7.21

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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? Let’s ask Sam.

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Pioneering Principles

TEKS - Social Studies 7.11, 7.16

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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 our own time.

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John C. Logan

TEKS - Social Studies, History 7.3 - Social Studies, Geography 7.21 - Social Studies Skills 7.22

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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 revolution against the government of Mexico. Using Logan’s letters and other primary source documents from the General Land Office Archives, students will learn about the last months of Logan’s life and his enduring legacy as a true Texas hero.

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Additional Resources

Below is an archive (.zip) file containing additional resources for Texas Educators to use when teaching Texas History. Click the icon below to download the .zip file to your hard drive. Be sure and review the "resources-descriptions.pdf" file to see what files are contained in each folder:

 

The Additional Resources .zip file contains the following folders:
  • Facts about Texas Land History
  • 7th grade TEKS-connected documents
    • Spanish Colonial
    • Mexican National
    • The Texas Revolution
    • The early Republic of Texas
    • The Mexican War
    • Texas and the Civil War
  • Oddities in the Archives
  • Primary Source analysis strategies

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