To help your students understand the timeline of the Texas Revolution, you may want to walk through the events day by day from the beginning of the siege on the Alamo (February 24) until San Jacinto Day (April 21). When the Texians flexed their muscles and seized control of the colonial capital, Santa Anna’s army marched into San Antonio on February 24, 1836 to take it back. They
Father Miguel Hidalgo’s admirers–or maybe his enemies–nicknamed him “El Zorro” (the fox). Though Hidalgo was not the inspiration for the fictional hero of that name (who supposedly lived in California), the true “Zorro” may be even more legendary.
Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs. Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule. A field trip might be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of
On January 29, 1861 the citizens of Texas voted to secede from the Union. The ordinance was to go into effect on March 2 –- the birthday of the Republic of Texas. This is a very unique and significant event in American history. Here's why:
On 23 January 1691, the Count of Galvez (as in Galveston) appointed Domingo Terán de los Ríos to serve as the first governor of the Spanish province of Coahuila y Texas. Here's his story:
When Spain returned Louisiana to France in 1800, one of the stipulations of the Treaty of San Illdefonso was that France would NOT sell the territory to the United States. …but Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dreamed of a French Empire. He needed money to fund his army, so he made an offer to President Thomas Jefferson.
In the last post, I issued a challenge to be on the lookout for the first signs of Texas bluebonnets. Today, I'd like to challenge you to look for another type of "first signs"--the first signs of conflict.
When we begin to teach a class, our natural inclination is to look for a textbook to teach from. Whenever I meet a new homeschool parent, one of their first questions is, "Where do I get textbooks, and how can I pay for them?" Textbooks are expensive! They're also often completely unnecessary.
If there's anything better than "being there" on a field trip, it's getting your own hands dirty with the dust of history.
Field trips, unit studies, and real books are, IMHO, the only way to effectively teach history. Intuitively, you probably already know this. Think about your own experience of learning history through textbooks and lectures. Was it like mine?