Texas History

03343000 TX

Texas History explores the history of the state from prehistoric times to the present. Students will learn about Texas' earliest inhabitants and examine the effects of European exploration, colonization, and statehood. Students will study the consequences of both American and world history events on the state of Texas and its people. Additional units of instruction introduce students to subjects such as Texas geography, and economics. The characteristics and functions of state, county, and local governments will be explored.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Recall nine themes used in Texas History as applied to various topics in Texas' geography, history, government, and economics.

  • Discuss Texas' geographic features, regions, climate, and early Native American cultures.

  • Evaluate the impact of the Spanish exploration, settlement, and colonization of Texas.

  • Analyze Texas struggle for independence and the years as a republic.

  • Explain the importance and effects of key events during the Civil War on Texas.

  • Examine the events of the Reconstruction period on Texas.

  • Analyze the role of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in Texas' government, and discuss the functions of local governments.

  • Discuss the role of oil in Texas.

  • Recall the causes and effects of the Great Depression and World War II.

  • Analyze the economics and politics of Texas during the post-World War II years.

  • Identify events and key Texan leadership during the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Describe the factors affecting Texas' Era of Conservatism.

  • Explain the scientific and technological advancements for and from Texas.

  • Discuss modern events in contemporary Texas.

State: Texas
Grade Level: 7
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year