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Teacher's Guide

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For a limited time, teachers may purchase a class set of 36 copies of the Texas Almanac 2012–2013 for $50, the cost of shipping. Order online or download an order form.

This Texas Almanac Teacher's Guide represents a significant change in the way this resource has been offered and the type of content it contains. The following changes have been incorporated:

  • It is offered online at no cost to the educator.
  • The Answer Key is not included in the online documents but is available for free by request. Separate Answer Keys are available for the Texas Almanac 2010–2011 and for the Texas Almanac 2012–2013.
  • The majority of the content can be used with any recent issue of the Texas Almanac, although in the Answer Key, statistical answers are taken from the current edition.
  • Lessons based on past issues of the Texas Almanac are available as Special Lessons at the bottom of the list of lessons.
  • Additional lessons will be added as additional content is made available and new editions are published.

These instructional suggestions and activities were written by current or former classroom teachers and represent a wealth of ideas for making use of the information provided by the Texas Almanac. There are a number of exciting projects related to the Texas Almanac that are worthy of noting, including: additional content available on www.TexasAlmanac.com, the availability of the current edition electronically via EBSCO's Texas Reference Center database through your school library, and the online availability of back issues of the Texas Almanac dating to 1857, which can be accessed by clicking "Archive," above. We strongly encourage the purchase of hard copies of the Texas Almanac, as they can be more flexible when technology is unavailable. Furthermore, we realize that hard copy editions are available through a variety of outlets, but encourage you to purchase them through the Texas State Historical Association, as such purchases provide maximum benefit to the organization.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Texas, the Lone Star State Today
Lesson 2 Symbols of Texas
Lesson 3 Prehistoric Texas
Lesson 4 European Exploration
Lesson 5 Spanish Missions of Texas
Lesson 6 Colonial Texas
Lesson 7 Mexican Texas
Lesson 8 Mexican Texas to Independence
Lesson 9 Republic of Texas
Lesson 10 Annexation Debate to State
Lesson 11 Civil War and Reconstruction
Lesson 12 Back to Business After Reconstruction
Lesson 13 Texas in Conflict, 1900–1920
Lesson 14 Depression to Prosperity
Lesson 15 Environment of Texas
Lesson 16 Notable Earthquakes in Texas
Lesson 17 Water Resources
Lesson 18 Wildlife in Texas
Lesson 19 Weather in Texas
Lesson 20 Calendars in Texas
Lesson 21 Recreation in Texas
Lesson 22 Counties of Texas
Lesson 23 Counties and County Seats
Lesson 24 Cities and Towns in Texas
Lesson 25 Population in Texas
Lesson 26 Elections in Texas
Lesson 27 Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Texas
Lesson 28 The Constitution of Texas
Lesson 29 State Government
Lesson 30 Local Government
Lesson 31 Federal Government
Lesson 32 Crime in Texas
Lesson 33 Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Lesson 34 Culture and the Arts in Texas
Lesson 35 Religion in Texas
Lesson 36 Health and Science in Texas
Lesson 37 Education in Texas
Lesson 38 Media in Texas
Lesson 39 Modern Economy of Texas
Lesson 40 Transportation in Texas
Lesson 41 Minerals in Texas
Lesson 42 Agriculture in Texas
Lesson 43 Livestock in Texas
Lesson 44 Texas Talk
Lesson 45 Texas Hall of Fame
Lesson 46 Index Inventory
   
 

Special Lessons

Special Lesson 1 Spanish Missions of Texas
Special Lesson 2 Ranching in Texas
Special Lesson 3 Mesquite Trees
Special Lesson 4 Mineral Spas
Special Lesson 5 Rosenwald Schools
Special Lesson 6 Stagecoaching in Texas
Special Lesson 7 Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas
Special Lesson 8 Minor League and Black Baseball in Texas
Special Lesson 9 Lady Bird Johnson
Special Lesson 10 The Civil War on the Home Front
Special Lesson 11 Willie Nelson and the Austin Music Scene
Special Lesson 12 Using the Texas Almanac Archive
   
 

Appendix

  Texas Outline Map
  Texas Geology Map
  Texas Counties Map with Names
  Texas Counties Map without Names
  Texas Rivers Map
  Line/Bar Graph Grid
  Miniature Book
  Mini-Scrapbook
  Ribbon-Tied Invitation
  Folded Envelope Invitation Card
  Tab Book
   
 

Answer Key

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