History's Lessons

History's Lessons is a collection of primary source items that may be freely accessed and used in the classroom. Each item has a TEKS-aligned lesson plan and includes reproducible documents, images, and maps.


Diary of a Trip from Boerne, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico

 

Drawn from the UT Arlington Special Collections.

 

This kit includes a digital replica of a diary written in 1864 and 1865 by an unidentified woman who traveled with three companions and a driver from Boerne, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico. The kit also includes a digital replica of an 1864 map of Texas that has been enhanced to trace their route. There are three lesson plans included with the diary that develop mathematical, language arts, and critical thinking skills.

 

This kit was originally developed to complement kits in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The FWMSH kits, complete with artifacts on specific social studies and natural science topics, are available for loan from the museum.


 

Labor Activism During the Cold War: The Case of Humberto Silex

 

Drawn from the collections of the National Archives and Record Administration-Southwest Region. This kit includes digital replicas of letters and court briefs from the 1949 naturalization case of Humberto Silex, a legal immigrant who was active in El Paso labor unions.


 

Money of the Republic of Texas

 

Drawn from the UT Arlington Special Collections.

 

This kit includes digital replicas of Texas money from 1836-1845. The accompanying lesson plan teaches how Texas money reflected the region's identity. Also included is a one-page handout that gives a brief history of Texas money.

 

This kit was developed to complement kits in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The FWMSH kits, complete with artifacts on specific social studies and natural science topics, are available for loan from the museum.





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