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
- 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.
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!
Welcome to Discover Texas History!
Volume I-Geography & Indian Cultures
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
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
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.
The structure and functions of government at the state and local levels, and the role of citizens.
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.
Cotton, Cattle, Railroads, and Westward Expansion
Expansion of the Texas frontier, cattle and ranches, railroads, urban growth, the Galveston Hurricane.
Mexican National Era
Mexican War of Independence, Austin’s Texas Colony, and life in the colonies.
Age of Oil
The impact of Spindletop, Progressive movements in Texas, and World War I.
Sources of the Texas Revolution, Conventions of 1832 and 1833, early battles, Battle of the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto, establishing an interim government.
Great Depression and World War II
Mexican Revolution, Texas during WWI, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, Texas during WWII
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.
Civil Rights and Conservatism
President Lyndon Johnson, civil rights, cultures and changing demographics in Texas, the rise of conservatism.
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.
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.
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
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!)
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:
- General Texas History Information
- Existing Curriculum and Unit Studies for Texas History
- Crafting Your Own DIY History Curriculum or Unit Study
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.
General History Information
Obtain an overview of Texas History from early explorers to modern day:
- Early Texas History
- History of Texas (Wikipedia)
- History of Texas (Conservapedia)
- “Living” Texas History at TexasEscapes
- Texas History Page
- Texas History, Texas Home Educators
- Texas Legends
- Timeline of Key Events in Texas History
- Women in Texas History
Famous People from Texas History
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.
- Famous Texans
- Giants of Texas History
- Key figures from the 1700’s & 1800’s
- Notable people that played key roles in the development of Texas prior to 1900.
- Notable people from Texas, from the Republic of Texas to present, divided by time period.
- Presidents & Vice Presidents of the Republic
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.
Stephen F. Austin
- Stephen F. Austin on Texas State Historical Association
- Stephen F. Austin on Biography.com
- Stephen F. Austin on Academic Kids
- Stephen F. Austin books
- Jim Bowie on Wikipedia
- Jim Bowie on Know Southern History
- Jim Bowie on New World Encyclopedia
- Jim Bowie books
- Davy Crockett on Biography.com
- Davy Crockett on New World Encyclopedia
- Davy Crockett pages on Enchanted Learning
- Davy Crockett books and movies
- Sam Houston on Biography.com
- Sam Houston on New World Encyclopedia
- Sam Houston on Texas State Historical Association
- Sam Houston Trivia & Quotes
- Sam Houston books and movies
Mirabeau B. Lamar
- Mirabeau B. Lamar on Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Mirabeau B. Lamar on Lone Star Junction
- Mirabeau B. Lamar on Texas State Historical Association
Jose Antonio Nevarro
- Jose Nevarro on Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Jose Nevarro on Lone Star Junction
- Jose Nevarro on Texas State Historical Association
Thomas J. Rusk
- Thomas J. Rusk on the Texas State Historical Association
- Thomas J. Rusk on Wikipedia
- Thomas J. Rusk on Lone Star Junction
- Thomas J. Rusk on Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Books about Thomas J. Rusk
- Juan Seguin on Wikipedia
- Juan Seguin on Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Juan Seguin on Texas State Historical Association
William B. Travis
- William B. Travis on Wikipedia
- William B. Travis on Lone Star Junction
- William B. Travis on Texas State Historical Association
- William B. Travis on Academic Kids
Lorenzo de Zavala
- Lorenzo de Zevala on Texas State Historical Association
- Lorenzo de Zevala on Famous Texans
- Lorenzo de Zevala on Texas State Library & Archives Commission
- Lorenzo de Zevala on Lone Star Junction
- Books about Thomas J. Rusk
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.
Battle at the Alamo
- The Alamo on Texas State Historical Association
- Lesson Plans and Worksheets at Alamo.org
- Remember the Alamo Podcast from PBS (Scroll down through past podcasts and click “Listen Now.”)
Battle of Concepcion
Battle of Fort Velasco
- Battle of Velasco on Lone Star Junction
- “Come and Take It” and the Battle of Velasco on Texas Escapes
Battle of Gonzales
Battle of Salado Creek
- Mexican-American War on About.com
- Mexican-American War on HistoryGuy.com
- Mexican-American War on Wikipedia
The Constitution of 1824
- The Constitution of 1824 (and beyond) on Lone Star Junction
- The Constitution of 1824 on Texas State Historical Association
Texas Facts & Symbols
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.
- 50 Texas Facts and Trivia
- Historical Maps of Texas
- Texas Almanac & Online Teacher’s Guide
- Texas State Symbols
- Texas Trivia and Facts
The Natives of Texas
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.
- The Indians of Texas
- Texas Arrowheads & Indian Artifacts Online Museum
- Texas Indians
- Texas Indians at Texas Beyond History
- Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
Interesting Native Indians from Texas’ past:
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.
Texas History Curriculum
- Discover Texas: Adventures in Texas History
- Sam Houston’s Republic, by Lynne Basham Tagawa – Texas History in narrative/literature form, written from a Christian worldview and endorsed by both Linda Lacour Hobar and Susan B. Weir.
- My Texas – Our Land Publications
- Switched-On-Schoolhouse Texas History (Alpha Omega Publishing)
- The Texas God Created, 4th or 7th grade curriculum
- An online interactive Texas History study at Discourse in Time.
Texas History & State of Texas Unit Studies
- Deep In the Heart of Texas: Texas Social Studies Unit from Teachers Pay Teachers
- Texas State Unit Study on About.com
- Texas History Study Materials at VIS Enterprises (Click through the links in the red menu bar to see the different materials available.)
- Texas Unit Study from Learning Treasures
Texas Materials from Currclick.com
- A Creative Look at Texas History: Grades 3-5
- A Creative Look at Texas History: 6-8
- My Book of State History
- My First Book About Texas
- The Positively Texas Puzzle Book
- Sam Houston: Remember the Alamo
- Texas Combo Set
- Texas Geography Projects
- Texas History Projects
- Texas Jeopardy: Answers & Questions About Our State
- Texas “Jography”: A Fun Run Through Our State
- Texas Lapbook
- Texas State Unit Study
- Texas State Study Lapbook
- Texas Millionaire
- Texas Native Americans
- Texas Symbols Projects
- Texas Vocabulary: Va-Va-Vroom! Social Studies Words From Our State’s Standards
- Texas Wheel of Fortune
Texas History Studies Compiled by Other Bloggers
- Resources for Building a Texas State Unit Study
- Texas Adventure @ Home With Purpose
- Texas Independence Day
- Texas Unit Study from Cookie’s Domain
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.
- How to Create Unit Studies ~ The Happy Housewife
- Unit Study Planning ~ Cindy West, Our Journey Westward
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
Hendrick-Long Publishing Company – a publishing company dealing only with books about Texas, categorized by age group and fiction, non-fiction.
- A Child’s History of Texas
- I Spy in the Texas Sky
- L is for Lonestar
- The Legend of the Bluebonnet
- The Story of Texas
- Texas (DK Eyewitness Books)
- Texas Heroes for Young Readers series
- A Line in the Sand : The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence : Gonzales, Texas, 1836 (Dear America Series)
- A Paradise Called Texas
- Between Two Worlds: The Legend of Quanah Parker
- Buried Treasures of Texas
- Jamestown’s American Portraits: All for Texas: A Story of Texas Liberation
- Quanah Parker
- State Shapes: Texas
- Texas (From Sea to Shining Sea)
- Texas (Hello U.S.A.)
- Texas History (State Studies) (And the rest of the “State Studies: Texas” books.)
- A Cartoon History of Texas
- The Alamo: The Battle for Texas (Milestones in American History)
- Bold Women in Texas History
- Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863
- God & Texas Heroes Series, Biographies (Scroll Down)
- Johnny Texas
- Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days
- The Texas Rangers: Men of Valor and Action
Movies About Texas and Texas History
Other Websites, Printables, Etc.
- Davy Crockett coloring page, Davy Crockett coloring page 2, Davy Crockett coloring page 3
- Davy Crockett, Tall Tales & History -Lesson
- The Portal to Texas History
- Sam Houston coloring page
- Sam Houston coloring page 2
- Sam Houston Project (lesson plans)
- Texas History Flash Cards at Quizlet
- Texas History on Lonestar.edu
- Texas History on teacheroz.com
- Texas Printables from Enchanted Learning
- Texas Senate Kids Section
- Texas State Symbols Coloring Book
- Texas Unit Study and Texas Printables from About.com
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.
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!
- The Alamo
- Battleship Texas
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Chazimal National Memorial Park
- El Camino Real
- Fort Davis
- Institute of Texan Cultures (Check out their “Education” section, too.)
- LBJ Presidential Library & Museum
- Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
- Palo AltoTexas State Capitol Building
- Pioneer Farms Living History Park
- Port Isabel Light House
- Sam Houston Memorial Museum
- San Antonio Missions
- San Jacinto Museum of History
- State Capitol Building
- Texas Historic Sites Atlas (search for historic sites by county.)
- Texas Independence Trail
- Texas Parks & Wildlife – Historical Locations
- Texas State Cemetery
What a list! This list can be updated periodically. Please email me with additions, corrections, broken links, etc. Thanks!
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