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The Portal to Texas History offers educational resources to enrich students' knowledge of Texas History by providing exciting materials that correspond to multiple aspects of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for teaching Texas History. Each Primary Source Adventure and My Texas History Notebook lesson incorporates fascinating primary source materials to spark interest and get young minds thinking about history in a new way. Teachers are welcome to use any of the lessons and adapt them to fit their own class curriculum.
Primary Source Adventures
Each Primary Source Adventure includes an introduction to the materials and links to other learning resources to help teachers prepare the lesson. The lesson plan discusses the objectives, assumptions, materials, anticipatory set, instructional input, guided practice, and assessment activity for each Primary Source Adventure. Materials can be shown on audiovisual equipment in the classroom, or downloaded and printed in either Adobe PDF or MS Word format. Using the Primary Source Adventures, Texas History teachers can direct their students to primary source historical documents that will dramatically enrich their learning experience.
My Texas History Notebook
My Texas History Notebook lessons 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.
History Snapsots supplement the Primary Source Adventures and My Texas History Notebook lessons. They focus on one aspect of a topic, such as What's the worth of a dollar in the Nineteenth Century?, U.S Calvary Gear and Equipment or Texas Families that Made a Difference.