Texas History Course Information

Course Objectives

 In this course you will be expected to:

1.  Examine the full scope of Texas history, including: Natural Texas and its People; Age of Contact; Spanish Colonial; Mexican National; Revolution and Republic; Early Statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; Cotton, Cattle and Railroads; Age of Oil; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; Civil Rights and Conservatism; and Contemporary Texas eras.

2.  Identify the regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society.

3.  Describe the structure and functions of municipal, county, and state government, explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens.

4.  Use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as you identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled Texas to build a republic and then a state.


5. Analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace.

6. Use primary and secondary sources to acquire information about Texas.

Guidelines for Success

1. Take responsibility for your learning and your conduct.

2. Respect others and their belongings.

3. Respect the learning process.

Class Expectations

1. Come to class on time, prepared, and ready to work.

2. Be in seat and working on warmup when the bell rings.

3. Follow written and oral directions and procedures as modeled by teacher.

4. Ask permission to leave your seat.

5. Do not interrupt class instruction by talking or making noises.

6. Leave the classroom only when dismissed by the teacher.

7. Student Code of Conduct is in effect.

Consequences for not following class expectations

1.  Warning

2.  Warning

3.  Parent/Guardian contact

4.  Referral to grade-level principal

*Please note:  extremely disruptive behavior will result in an immediate referral to your grade-level principal*


1st:  Signature on tardy sheet

2nd:  Signature on tardy sheet

3rd:  Signature on tardy sheet

4th+: Signature on tardy sheet and referral to grade level principal


Daily Work/Homework        30%

Quizzes                                 30%

Tests/Projects                        40%


Late work

1 day late:    30 points deducted (highest grade:  70)

2 or more days late:  50 points deducted (highest grade:  50)

*Work accepted until the end of the unit* 

Make-up work

Students have as many school days to make up work as they were absent.

"State law requires that a student be in attendance at least 90% of the time that a class is offered.  If a student does not meet the attendance requirement, credit will be denied.  Every 3 tardies that a student accrues to a class will be recorded as an absence when determining final exemptions and denial of credit.  Students who are more than 10 minutes late to any one class will be considered absent."

Necessary Materials

--Texas History classes only: 1 subject spiral notebook (for writing assignments and notes)

--Pre-AP classes only: (2) 1 subject spiral notebooks

*Notebook will be kept in the classroom the entire year*

-- Folder for packets and handouts

*Students will be expected to keep a folder the entire school year*

*Periodic folder checks will be done throughout the school year*

-- Pencils, red grading pens, paper, etc..