President Lyndon Johnson, civil rights, cultures and changing demographics in Texas, the rise of conservatism.
Civil Rights and Conservatism unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Civil Rights and Conservatism Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Students learn about the presidency of Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson. They examine Johnson's role in the Civil Rights movement. Next they learn about Johnson's plan for "The Great Society." Then students draft their own "presidential" domestic platforms.
The Civil Rights Movement in Texas
Students describe and identify key leaders of the civil rights movement in Texas. They work in groups to research Texas civil rights leaders and groups. Then they compare the civil rights struggles of Mexican Americans and African Americans in Texas. Finally, they reflect on what positive changes came from the civil rights movement and consider what civil rights issues are still being fought for today.
Influence of Diverse Cultures on Texas
Students learn how the diversity of Texas is reflected in a variety of cultural activities, celebrations, and performances. They research a festival that celebrates an immigrant group's native culture. Then they define assimilation and give an example. Finally, they write a letter to a friend in the "old country" explaining how they preserve their cultural heritage in Texas.
Changing Demographics in Texas
Students analyze the effects of changing population distribution and growth in Texas. They explore and analyze census maps and age distribution graphs. Then they consider possible future trends in the state's population.
The Rise of Conservatism
Students learn about the century of one-state political rule in Texas. They analyze the factors that led the shift from a strongly Democratic state to a Republican state. Finally they research a prominent political leader in Texas.