Rise of conservatism, cultures and demographics in Texas, water in Texas, science and technology, Texas state government
Conservatism and Contemporary Texas unit contains 14 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Conservatism and Contemporary Texas Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
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.
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.
Texans in the Arts
Students are introduced to Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie. Then they conduct research on famous Texas artists. Finally, they elaborate on the question, What make someone a Texas artist?
Water Resources in Texas Today
Students identify the major uses of water in Texas in general and in their daily lives. Then they examine causes of water shortages in Texas. Finally, they consider possible solutions for conserving water in Texas.
Texans Adapt to and Modify Their Environment
Students learn about the Houston Ship Channel. Then they analyze the positive and negative consequences of this environmental modification. Finally, they imagine what changes may occur in the Texas environment over the next century.
Science, Technology, and Society
Students identify contributions made by Texans to science and technology. Students learn about three Texas leaders in the field of medicine: Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, and Benjy Brooks. Then they work in groups to conduct research on famous Texas scientists and inventors. Finally, they analyze how innovation builds interdependence between Texas and the world.
Texas Commemorative Maps: Honoring Our Past
Students first identify a commemoration that they have attended personally. Then they analyze a commemorative map, The Great Military Map of Texas. Next, they work in small groups and assign each group member a role. The small group creates a commemorative map of its own. You may let each group choose a topic or you may assign topics to the groups. Finally, each student uses a rubric to rate the small group work.
The Texas Constitution and The Principle of Limited Government
Students learn how the Texas Constitution reflects the principles of limited government. They also compare and contrast the principles and concepts of the Texas Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Then they analyze one of the rights guaranteed in the Texas Constitution.
Structure of the Texas State Government
Students learn about the structure of the Texas state government. First they examine the legislative branch and draw a chart of how a bill becomes a law. Then they explore the executive branch and describe one of the various offices, commissions, or committees under its authority. Next they define important characteristics of the structure of the judicial branch. Finally, they create an infographic about one of the three branches.
Local Government and Public Services
Students learn about local government in Texas. First, they examine the function of counties and research their own county. Then they learn about types of municipalities and forms of city government. Next they read about special districts and give information about their own school district. Finally, they prepare a presentation for a third-grade class about local government in Texas.
Government Revenue and Spending
Students learn about government revenue and spending in Texas. First, they study revenue sources and categories of spending from the 2016"“17 Texas state budget. Then they learn how local governments raise funds, and they explain why local governments are interested in attracting businesses to benefit from property taxes. Finally, they examine sources of funding for public education in Texas.
The Role of Active Citizens in Government
Students examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens and the need for civic participation. They read the Texas Bill of Rights, summarize some of the rights included, and explain one that is important to them. Next they examine how voting is both a right and a responsibility and explain how to be a more responsible voter. Finally, they examine statistics about Texans' civic participation and derive a definition of civic participation.