President Lyndon Johnson, Civil Rights, the aerospace industry, the petrochemical industry, NAFTA's impact on Texas, Texas economy
The Civil Rights Era and Modern Industries unit contains 8 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in The Civil Rights Era and Modern Industries 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.
Texas and the Aerospace Industry
Students learn about the role of Texas in the history of space flight. They research the history of the Johnson Space Center. Then they explain the contributions that the JSC makes to Texas. Finally, they consider the pros and cons of a manned mission to Mars.
The Texas Petrochemical Industry
Students trace the development of the petrochemical industry in Texas. Next they examine how global oil prices affect the Texas economy. Then they learn about the benefits and potential consequences of fracking. Finally, they explore alternative energy source production in Texas.
Boom-and-Bust: The Texas Economy
Students explore the changes in the Texas economy in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including boom-and-bust cycles. They learn about the east Texas logging boom and bust. Then they create a sequence chart showing how the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil and gas industry affected other areas of the Texas economy. Finally, they explain the advantages of a diverse economy.
NAFTA’s Impact on Texas
Students explore the basics of NAFTA. Then they summarize the benefits and problems with maquiladoras. Next they analyze graphs and determine which Texas industries have increased exports under NAFTA. Finally they weigh the pros and cons of NAFTA and take a stand whether it is mostly positive or mostly negative.
The Texas Economy, Now and in the Future
Students explore the Texas economy today and consider how it might change in the future. They examine the role of the oil and gas industry and identify new industries that are diversifying the Texas economy. Then they imagine how Texas will look thirty years in the future.