Hello Texas History teaching friends! Recently I have had several people ask me when I teach each unit, and about how long I take to teach it. Enough people have asked that I decided to make a post about it, so that it would be easier for all of us to refer to it.
Disclaimer time:Most districts have a scope and sequence that they would like for you to follow for each subject including mine. I really do try to stay close to it, but then real life teaching takes over, and I just can't. I would recommend seeing what your district has to offer, because they have people who do this sort of thing, you know, for a living.
With that being said, below is the rough (and I mean rough) plan that I use each year for planning Texas History in my classroom. You might notice that if you add up the days it doesn't come out to a complete school year, and you'd be right, because again, real life teaching. It tends to get in the way of the best laid plans.
I would like to be able to say that I teach every subject every day, but again, let's be real. I consider it a great week if I was able to get in 3 solid half hour chunks of Texas History instruction. So, sometimes those five days that I planned turn into ten, and sometimes during test prep season I don't get to Texas History at all for a couple of weeks.
In the end it all gets in though, even if we have "Texas History Tuesday" every week after the STAAR tests are done, where we do nothing but Texas History all day each Tuesday. Believe it or not, the students love it!
The moral of this semi-ridiculous story, which is not at all what I started writing but I like it so I'm keeping it, is to do what works for your classroom. I coped exceedingly well with small chunks of time, but I know not everyone works this way. Do you, and do what works for your students!
Now of course if you want to know HOW I teach it, all the PowerPoints, INB activities, task cards, and other student activities can be found in this Mega-Bundle. :)