texas history online course

Discover Texas is an age-integrated program that will help your family discover Texas history, geography, and government in a way that is meaningful, memorable, and fun.

Each lesson tells a story and features:

  • web links
  • videos
  • books
  • crafts
  • activities
  • and field trips

to keep things interesting and help you experience, firsthand, the “greatest state in the main forty-eight!”

Ten volumes guide you through ten chronological eras: Geography & Indian Cultures; Explorers; Missions & Colonies; Texas as a Nation; Texas in the Civil War; Statehood & Constitution; Cavalry & Indians (westward expansion); Ranches, Cotton & Oil (industrialization); Texas Today/Famous Texans; and My Place in History. In each era you’ll enjoy reading colorfully illustrated articles that narrate the story of Texas, or use the read-along audio feature. Web links in each article take you to select websites where you can learn dig deeper into topics of special interest. Each volume includes a wide variety of activities–related topical studies, unit study activities, and critical thinking questions. The Teacher’s Tips section in each volume gives you a broad summary of the issues impacting the era and provides suggestions for books and field trips. With print-outs included for reading guides, maps, activities, vocabulary, and tests, you have everything you need to immerse yourself in an interactive, hands-on history adventure!

This program was originally designed for home and parochial school use.

Your Instructor

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Lynn Dean is a veteran homeschool mom with 30 years of experience. In addition to teaching her own family she’s created dozens of popular classes for larger groups. Now she equips and encourages homeschool parents as a curriculum designer and motivational speaker, helping them create learning experiences that turn “school” into an adventure!

Find her at Discover Texas and Hands-On Homeschool Resources.

Course Curriculum

Welcome to Discover Texas History!

Volume I-Geography & Indian Cultures

Volume II-Explorers

 Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?The course starts as soon as you order and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish. Discover Texas was designed to be used during a typical academic year–August through May. If that’s how you plan to use it, you should plan to cover one volume (one course) each month and one student chapter each week. But what if you only have one semester, or just a summer? That’s fine! The program is very flexible.How long do I have access to the course?How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling in the full course, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own. (If you are enrolling at a special discount rate through your co-op or parochial school, you are free to use the course in accordance to the arrangement set up with your teacher or administrator.)What if I am unhappy with the course?We want you to enjoy Discover Texas, but if you purchase the program and decide it’s not for you, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.

A note from the course creator:

In my experience our homeschool was so much better if each year we included one course guaranteed to be fun–something the whole family could enjoy learning together. For us, Discover Texas was that one course.

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Texas History MS Course


Middle School Social Studies Texas History

Exploros Texas History MS is a complete middle school curriculum, containing 12 units with approximately ten 5E model lessons per unit. The course is intended for live classroom instruction in device-enabled middle school classrooms.

Students use social media skills to actively engage in learning broadly about Texas History spanning from the life of early people of Texas to contemporary Texas.A Complete Texas History MS Scope and Sequence
Twelve Units With Approximately Ten 5E Model Experiences Per Unit

Texas History Natural Texas and its People

Natural Texas and its People
Overview of Texas geography, including the plains, mountains, and basins, and the life of early people and American Indian cultures in Texas.

Texas History Texas Government

Texas Government
The structure and functions of government at the state and local levels, and the role of citizens.

Texas History Exploration and Early Colonization

Exploration and Early Colonization
Spanish conquistadors, Cortez and the Aztecs, early Spanish explorers, La Salle and French Texas, the Mission-Presidio System, and Spanish settlement and colonization.

Texas History Cotton, Cattle, Railroads, and Westward Expansion

Cotton, Cattle, Railroads, and Westward Expansion
Expansion of the Texas frontier, cattle and ranches, railroads, urban growth, the Galveston Hurricane.

Texas History Mexican National Era

Mexican National Era
Mexican War of Independence, Austin’s Texas Colony, and life in the colonies.

Texas History Age of Oil

Age of Oil
The impact of Spindletop, Progressive movements in Texas, and World War I.

Texas History Texas Revolution

Texas Revolution
Sources of the Texas Revolution, Conventions of 1832 and 1833, early battles, Battle of the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto, establishing an interim government.

Texas History Great Depression and World War II

Great Depression and World War II
Mexican Revolution, Texas during WWI, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, Texas during WWII

Texas History Republic of Texas and Early Statehood

Republic of Texas and Early Statehood
The Republic of Texas years including leaders and issues such as annexation into the United States, and early statehood years including the Constitution of 1845, early statehood leaders, U.S.-Mexican War, Tejanos and American Indians, immigrants and slaves in Texas.

Texas History Civil Rights and Conservatism

Civil Rights and Conservatism
President Lyndon Johnson, civil rights, cultures and changing demographics in Texas, the rise of conservatism.

Texas History Civil War and Reconstruction

Civil War and Reconstruction
Issues leading to the Civil War, Texas secession, Texas contributions to the Civil War, Civil War battles, the end of the War, Reconstruction.

Texas History Contemporary Texas

Contemporary Texas
Modern industries in Texas such as aerospace and petroleum, Texas economics, water resources, science and technology, Texans in the arts.Each unit contains about ten learning experiences that use 5E Model Lesson design, and curated OER resources.Social Studies World Cultures 5E Modal

Students collaboratively brainstorm, work in small groups, complete concept maps, and take STAAR aligned practice tests.The Exploros Texas History ProgramReview the curriculum by signing up. To learn about the complete program visit our Subscription page or contact us using live chat.

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Ultimate Homeschool Guide to Texas History

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The Ultimate Homeschool Guide to Texas History

Texas History is a HUGE subject. Tackling Texas History is almost as big a task as tackling American History! To make it a little bit easier, Texas history can be divided into three basic time periods:

  • exploration and development
  • revolution and development of the Republic
  • becoming a state and beyond.

Not surprisingly, searching for Texas History resources on the internet is also a huge task. Digging through them can be daunting! (Did you know that searching for resources on Stephen F. Austin can be a bit tricky, since there are so many search results for the city of Austin, the Stephen F. Austin university and other Stephen F. Austin cemeteries, park and whatnot? Oy!)

A panoramic view of bluebonnets in a field between Bastrop and Giddings, Texas.

I’ve scoured the internet, dug through the unrelated resources and the broken links, and come up with a huge, no, ULTIMATE list of links to help homeschoolers study Texas History at home. To help you dig through the information a little easier, I’ve decided it into three main categories:

Dogtrot log cabin at Witte, San Antonio, TX IMG 3131
Dogtrot log cabin at Witte, San Antonio

You can go straight to one of the following sections:

General Texas History Information

I haven’t provided *every* source I found with Texas History information, but I have tried to include a large variety of sources for comparison and research. Some of these are very similar, some of them provide additional information.

Screenshot: TexasHistory.com

General History Information

Obtain an overview of Texas History from early explorers to modern day:

Famous People from Texas History

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Stephen F. Austin

Here you’ll find lists and lists of key figures from Texas history. Many of these overlap, but each list has a different focus so most of the lists also contain additional historical figures.

Additionally, you can find even more information about the following key figures. Many books, movies and websites have been dedicated to these famous men.

Trying to decide who to include here is like trying to decide what kind of fudge to buy in a fudge shop – I want them all! Did I leave out someone that you think should have made the cut? Tell me who.

Davy Crockett by John Gadsby Chapman
Davy Crockett by John Gadsby Chapman

Stephen F. Austin

Jim Bowie

Davy Crockett

Sam Houston

Sam Houston at San Jacinto
Sam Houston at San Jacinto

Anson Jones

Anson Jones

Mirabeau B. Lamar

Z.N. Morrell

Jose Antonio Nevarro

Thomas J. Rusk

Juan Seguin

William B. Travis

Lorenzo de Zavala

Important Events & Places in Texas History

There are MANY significant events in Texas history, many battles fought along the path to freedom and then annexation with the United States. Many significant events have occurred since then, too. I could have chosen to include more current events, such as the assassination of John Kennedy. However, for this section I chose to focus on events significant to the story of becoming an independent country and then a state in the nation.

1854 Alamo

Battle at the Alamo

Battle of Concepcion

Battle of Fort Velasco

Battle of Gonzales

Battle of Salado Creek

Goliad Massacre

Mexican-American War

The Constitution of 1824

Texas Facts & Symbols

Bluebonnets in the state of Texas.

There are many symbols and icons that Texans hold dear to their hearts – everything from armadillos to cowboy hats, bluebonnets to Mockingbirds. Do you know the state tree, food or insect? Here you’ll find interesting state symbols but also trivia, facts and maps.

The Natives of Texas

Screenshot from Texas Beyond History

Yes, when the explorers arrived, this land was not empty! There were many Indian tribes living in this large area we now call our home state. Indian arrowheads can still be found in some areas. Find out which Indian tribes lived in your part of Texas.

Interesting Native Indians from Texas’ past:

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Existing curriculum and unit studies for Texas History

There are actually several existing Texas History options already — though I wasn’t able to find as much curriculum as I thought I would. I’ve included them and also unit study type resources, as well as DIY unit studies from some homeschool bloggers.

Screen Shot from Discover Texas website.

Texas History Curriculum

Texas History & State of Texas Unit Studies

Texas Materials from Currclick.com

Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

Texas History Studies Compiled by Other Bloggers

One room schoolhouse, Deaf Smith County Historical Museum, Hereford, TX

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How to craft your own DIY Texas Homeschool Curriculum

Creating your own Texas History can seem daunting — okay it can BE daunting!! But it really isn’t as difficult as it seems. You just need a plan of action.

Here are two articles about how to craft your own unit study to give you a helping hand.

I’ve already given you TONS and TONS of history information so far in this post. You don’t have to include it all.. in fact, I wouldn’t! Start small, next time you repeat Texas History, dig deeper. And so on, and so forth.

Here’s an additional list of resources that you can add to the history information above and come up with a Texas History unit study all your own.

Books about Texas and Texas History

Screenshot from Hendrick Long Publishing Company

Hendrick-Long Publishing Company – a publishing company dealing only with books about Texas, categorized by age group and fiction, non-fiction.

Younger

Middle

Older

Movies About Texas and Texas History

Other Websites, Printables, Etc.

Screenshot: The Portal to Texas History
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The Texas State Capitol

Field Trips

One of the neatest things about the digital age is the ability to take virtual field trips! From our laptop we can view the world around us. There are several virtual field trip sites available for Texas.

Screenshot: National Park Service

If you’re local enough to visit some historical landmarks in person, that’s even better! One of my favorite “Texas History” places to visit is the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It’s 3 stories of Texas history!

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What a list! This list can be updated periodically. Please email me with additions, corrections, broken links, etc. Thanks!

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