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Old 10-04-2007, 09:43 AM
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Texas History Curriculum?

Have any of you fellow Texans taught a Texas history course? I know I had Texas history throughout a lot of my formal schooling, and I take a lot of pride in my Texan background.

I'd like to find a good Texas history curriculum to use with my kids. I don't mind scrounging the Internet for stuff if I have to, but I'd prefer to find something already together. My kids are currently doing 1st grade curriculum, so I'm thinking about next year.

Anyone have any good suggestions? I just noticed an article about how a school in Houston has actually downplayed the Texas Revolution and made it seem as though the Texans were the bad guys, so I'm hoping to find a text that isn't going for the whole 'multicultural' bit.

Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:11 AM
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OOOh!
I would love to have a link to that story (About the downplaying of Texas History) if you have it.

I do not have a Texas History curriculum or lesson plan, but I do intend to create one that works for us, soon. My twins are "Second Graders". So it would be at least at that level. However there will be Kindergarted extentions because I teach all my kids at the same time and my DD is a kindergartener....

So, my point is, I will help you look, and if I find anything I will let you know. And when I create my own, I will let you know....

The problem youmay run into is that todays public educational model for Social Studies still wants to NOT teach history until at least the third grade. They teach Community, community helpers, geographical location of our "Home" on maps, and how families around the world need the same things, like homes, clothes and etc....

So when I try to search, I end up finding stuff for fourth grade or higher and have to simplify it for a second grader...

Ok babblin...
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:57 AM
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My son had TX History in 4th grade in the public school. Do you know about the TX History museum in Fort Worth at The Stockyards? Just a field trip idea...
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Old 10-04-2007, 12:49 PM
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I taught Texas history here last year. We did not have a curriculum. I went to the used book store and got a book called Alamo by George Sullivan. It contained so much information! We also read books about the Texas Rangers, german heritage in TX (because we are of German descent), read about our state park system (and did some camping), a biography of Sam Houston, a bio of Jane Long (the mother of Texas) and then read a book called From Angels to Hellcats about a ton of famous women in Texas, visited a TX welcome center, went to the Alamo, and Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington of the Brazos. You could also field trip to San Jacinto Monument and Battleship TX. We didn't make it to hose two but we will still go sometime when we get a chance. Oh and we also went to a replica of an 1800 Texas homestead and indian villiage. We had so much fun studying TX history and I can't wait until Grace is older so I can teach it again.
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Old 10-04-2007, 02:27 PM
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Thanks, ladies!

I'm a Texan back to Austin's Old 300 and had family die at the Alamo, Perote Prison, and the Dawson Creek Massacre. I've got copies of the letters my 4th gr-grandfather wrote from Perote Prison before he died there. So, I have a lot invested in this state. LOL

Anyway, I appreciate the feedback. We have such a rich heritage that I definitely want to do it justice.

Oh, and Jennifer, here's the link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,53968,00.html

Thanks again, all!
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:44 PM
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Oh, and Jennifer, here's the link to the article: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,53968,00.html
The REVISIONISTS are in full force, now, eh?
Cripes!

Now I have to admit that my step dad, whom I had always assumed was "Mental", may have been right about all his conspiracy theories....

amazing...

Reason #0609-8 of why they will NEVER get my kids...
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:29 PM
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Do you teach local history, too? My girls love learning about how my town started ... and how it persevered through three major floods. It is fascinating to see how hard the early settlers of our area had to work to make our town.

I found the information for my girls initially in the "Pennsylvania Room" of the local library. It has alot of materials that do not circulate, books and articles that never could be replaced.
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:33 PM
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We've not really gotten into any localized studies yet. My kids are 4 [about to be 5] and 6 [just turned], but they're doing 1st grade. We're currently learning about Columbus in the Bob Jones Heritage Studies stuff.

I figure it's good to study American History first. I may look into doing some local history as well. Our particular small town wouldn't have much [not been around THAT long], but we're between Fort Worth and another small town that has been.

These areas might be good summer projects - something to keep their heads in the homeschooling game, so to speak. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:00 PM
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Anytime, Shelley. You might be able to find some neat items pictured on eBay (old postcards and the like) to learn about your area.

This might help you with your Columbus teaching ... it is an old favorite of mine. It was a recorded song, this is cute, though, and will probably work better for your children.

http://www.scoutorama.com/song/song_...fm?song_id=233

The song starts "In fourteen hundred ninety-two ..."

OOPS .. I see some of the words have been changed ... lol

Also, I tried searching you tube for the song, but the site appears to be having problems.

I hope you have fun with the song
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:42 AM
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We did touch a bit on local history when we studied German immigration into Texas. So many people made their homes very near the small town I grew up in so we studied that. We also were able to delve into Houston history just a bit. Not much just very early Houston.
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