In Texas history, students study the history of Texas from early times to the present. This dwells further into detail than in fourth grade. Students learn the full scope of Texas history, including Native Americans living in Texas before the European exploration era all the way to the mission building, colonization, revolution, republic, statehood the emergence from an agricultural to industrial society. We will focus on key individuals, events, issues and their impact. We will also focus and identify the regions of Texas and their importance to Texas as well as other states.

The fight for independence is a huge part of Texas history. In fact, we will do a video project in lieu of a test on Chapter 7. This project will consist of them re-enacting a battle scene from one of the Texas Independence War. More information will go home during that time. We also will be taking a trip to The Alamo in San Antonio this school year.

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Week 1
Tuesday we will be going over procedures, rules, and expectations. I will introduce myself and have the class do the same. Wednesday we will be learning about the five themes of geography. Which I will assign as an in class project, and we will work on one theme for the next five days. Thursday we will work on our first theme “location”. Friday we will be working on ‘place”. They will be graded on this project.
Week 2
Monday-Wednesday the students will be finishing up their 5 Themes of Geography Projects. Thursday we will be beginning chapter 2 Section 1. We will read lesson 1 and discuss. Friday we will take a quiz over lesson 1.

Week 3
Monday we will read and discuss lesson 2 ch2. Tuesday we will take a quiz over lesson 2 and read lesson 3 ch2. Wednesday we will take lesson 3 and read lesson 4. Thursday we will take a quiz over lesson 4 and read lesson 5. Friday we will take a quiz over lesson 5. Test over ch2 will be Wednesday September 7th.

Week 4
Tuesday we will be reviewing ch2. Please print and bring your review guides. They can be found on the MS website. Wednesday we will take our test over ch2. Thursday we will begin to read lesson 1 ch3. This lesson will introduce the Spanish Reconquista and how it lead to the voyages of Columbus to the New World. They will need to complete pg 58 1-7 in their comp books for homework. Friday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 1 ch3 and grade page 58.

Week 5
Monday we will read lesson 2 and discuss the New Explorers. The students will have to complete pg 61 1-5 for homework. Tuesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 2 and read lesson 3. The students will work on page 65 1-6 for homework. Wednesday they will take an open book quiz over lesson 3. We will read lesson 4 and do the page 70 1-7. Thursday we will take lesson 4 quiz and read lesson 5. The students will do page 74 1-6. Friday the students will take an open book quiz over lesson 5 and watch a video over New Explorers from Spain. This video will be about all the explorers we read about in ch 3. Chapter 3 test will be Wednesday September 22nd.

Week 6
Monday we will finish the explorers video and do a map exercise. Tuesday we will review chapter 3. Wednesday we will take the test over Chapter 3. Thursday we will begin lesson 1 ch4. Friday we will take a quiz over lesson 1.

Week 7
Monday they will take a quiz over lesson 1, and we will grade lesson 1 homework. We will also work on graphs skills on pg85 and they will have to complete a vocabulary worksheet for all of ch4. (Friday I did not see either class for Social Studies.) Tuesday we will read lesson 2 which discusses the mission prisedio system. They will have to complete pg90 1-5 for homework. Wednesday they will have and open book quiz over lesson 2 and grade pg90. We will read lesson 3 which deals with Spains control over Texas. They will have to complete pg96 1-5 for homework. Friday we will take a quiz over lesson 3 and grade pg96.
Test over Ch4 will be October 6th.

Week8
Monday we will read lesson 4 in ch4. This lesson will discuss Mexico fighting for their independence from Spain. They will have to complete section assessment 1-5 for lesson 4. Tuesday we will take a quiz over lesson 4 and review ch4 for the test on Wednesday October 6th. Please bring your ch4 review guides to class on Tuesday October 5th. Wednesday they will take the test over ch4. Thursday we will begin ch5 lesson 1. This lesson discusses Mexican independence and the troubles they are encountering in Texas. The students will have to complete pg. 115 1-5 for homework. Friday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 1 ch5.

Week 9
Because of testing I will see only 7a on Monday. I will not see 7b on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. I will not see 7a on Wednesday or Friday. Monday 7a will begin reading lesson 1 chapter 5. Chapter 5 deals with colonization and the empresarios in Texas. Tuesday 7a will take an open book quiz over lesson 1. 7b will read lesson 1. Thursday 7a and 7b will read lesson 2 and discuss. 7b will take lesson 1 quiz on Thursday.

Week 10
Monday we will finish an in class project. The project is over Moses Austin's life. The students are making a timeline including dates and pictures of the import times in his life. We will also complete a quiz over lesson 1. Tuesday we will read lesson 1 which illustrates the life of Stephen F. Austin. I will also assign their project. The project includes them creating a Voki. This will be due November 2nd. I will send home a rubric along with instructions for the project. Wednesday we will take a quiz over lesson 2 and read lesson 3. Thursday we will take a quiz over lesson 3 and I will take the students to the tech lab to show them how to create their voki. Friday no school.

Week 11
Monday and Tuesday we will spend class time working on their Voki's and their reports. Their projects are due November 2nd. Chapter 6 is about Texas moving closer to revolution. Wednesday we will begin reading lesson 1 ch6 and complete a vocabulary worksheet. Thursday we will take a quiz over lesson 1 and read lesson 2. Thursday they will need to turn their binders in to be graded as well. They will complete pg 139 1-5 for homework. Friday we will take a quiz over lesson 2 and grade lesson 2 assessment.

Week 12
We are continuing to read ch6. Monday we will read lesson 3 ch6. Tuesday all reports and voki projects are due to be turned in on my Edmodo account. I have given 7a and 7b the codes to log on to my Edmodo account. They will need to send a link to the voki and turn in their reports. I have also asked for a printed version of their reports. Tuesday they will have to take quiz over lesson 3, they will also have to complete a worksheet over this lesson. Wednesday we will read lesson 4 and discuss. Thursday we will take a quiz over lesson 4 and watch some of the voki's they created for their projects. 7th grades test over ch 6 will be November 10th. Friday there is no school because of parent teacher conferences.

Week 13
Monday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 4 and read lesson 5. Tuesday we will take a quiz over lesson 5 and review ch6 for the test on Wednesday over ch6. Thursday we will begin ch7. We will read lesson 1 and work on a vocabulary worksheet. Friday they will take a quiz over lesson 1 and we will discuss their projects. They will have a project to complete while we are reading ch 7. They will have to get into groups and reenact a scene from one of the battles of the Texas Revolution. This project is due December 3rd. I will email the rubric and all the details of the project.

Week 14
Monday we will read lesson 2 ch 7. We will also work on our projects which are due December 3rd. Tuesday we will take an open book quiz and read lesson 3. Wednesday we will take a quiz over lesson 3 and read lesson 4. Thursday we will take a quiz over lesson 4. Thursday they will work on their projects. Friday they will work on their projects.

Week 15
Monday-Wednesday we will be watch The Alamo movie in class. This movie puts the words into motion. Everything we discussed and read about in class will be included in the movie. Wednesday and Thursday they will have class time to finish any last minute things for their projects due Friday December 3rd. If need be, please bring any disc or flash drives to class to edit or write their essays.

Week 16
Monday we will work on a ch8 vocabulary worksheet in class. We will also read lesson 1 ch8. Ch8 discusses the setting up of a new government for Texas. Tuesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 1 and read lesson 2. Wednesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 2 and read lesson 3. Thursday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 3 and read lesson 4. Friday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 4. This will be our last lesson in chapter 8. We will take the test over ch 8 Tuesday December 14th. I have looked at all the video projects and I must say they were very impressive. The students used their imaginations and had fun with learning about their Texas History.

Week 17
Monday we will take a quiz over lesson 4 and then review ch8. Please bring review guides to class. Tuesday we will take the test over ch 8. Wednesday I will let the kids correct their test in class. Thursday we will work on the vocabulary for chapter 9. Friday there will be no Social Studies class because of Christmas Parties. Please have a wonderful Christmas Break, and I will see you next year.

Week 18
Welcome Back! I am ready to start 2011 off with some wonderful history lessons. Tuesday we will begin to read lesson 1 chapter 9. The students will have to complete Pg2 1-135 for homework. Wednesday we will be grading pg 213 and taking an open book quiz. Wednesday we will be reading lesson 2. For homework they will have to complete pg218. Thursday we will be taking a quiz over lesson 2, grading pg218, and reading lesson 3. They will have to complete for homework pg 221. Friday we will be taking an open book quiz over lesson 3, grading pg221, and reading lesson 4. ch9 test will be Tuesday January 11
Week 19
Monday we will read lesson 4 ch 9 and take an open book quiz over lesson 3. Tuesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 4 and read lesson 5. Wednesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 5 and review ch 9. Thursday we will take a test over ch9. Friday is a half a day.

Week 20
Monday we will have no school. Tuesday we will begin to work on lesson 1 ch10. The students will complete a vocabulary over ch10 and the Pg240 1-5. Wednesday we will grade pg 240 and take an open book quiz over lesson 1. We will read lesson 2 and for homework they will have to complete Pg 244 1-5. Thursday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 2 and grade pg244. We will read lesson 3 and for homework they will have to complete Pg 248 1-5. Friday we take an open book quiz over lesson 3 and grade pg 248.

Week 21
We got behind last week. Monday we will read lesson 2 and for homework they will have to complete Pg 244 1-5. Tuesday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 2 and grade pg244. We will read lesson 3 and for homework they will have to complete Pg 248 1-5. Wednesday we will take and open book quiz over lesson 3 and read lesson 4. They will have to complete p252 1-5 for homework. Thursday we will take an open book quiz over lesson 4 and review ch10. Friday January 28th, we will take a test over ch10. The reviews will be posted on the middle school website.