The Texas History for Teachers (TX4T) project provides Texas social studies teachers and students access to authoritative, evidence-based historical content and best-practices pedagogical resources for teaching and learning Texas history. The long-term TX4T vision is to produce a full, free Texas history curriculum that combines the very best of historical knowledge, educational pedagogy, and accessibility with all of our content mapped to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.
To that end, TX4T is building a broad suite of historical and pedagogical resources (all curated by leading historians and educators) that are freely available online, organized into 15 chronological “units” that correspond to historical eras identified in the TEKS. Within each unit on the TX4T site, teachers will find:
- An overarching unit plan detailing historical themes and a TEKS-referenced curriculum guide.
- A series of interconnected lessons that center whenever possible on primary sources. Lessons are designed so that they can be used by teachers either as an entire lesson-set or as stand-alone individual lessons that can be adapted to any classroom.
- A series of professionally produced videos narrated by a historian that provide scholarly background and context about major people and events identified in the TEKS.
- A series of curated primary sources documenting both people and events named in the TEKS that are both age- and content-accessible for the classroom.
- A series of lessons, videos, and primary sources that highlight “Voices” in Texas history, focusing on the experiences and perspectives of groups that have historically been underrepresented in Texas history curriculum.
All materials in each TX4T unit (lessons, videos, and primary sources) are mapped to the TEKS, so K-12 teachers and districts across Texas can meet all content requirements set by the state. In addition to exploring TX4T content by historical units, teachers may also explore our resources by TEKS standards. TX4T materials are also intended to support the needs of teachers in charter schools, private schools, and home-school parents.
The project is focused on making these educational resources as widely available as possible. Whenever possible, TX4T pedagogical materials are offered in both Spanish and English, as well as accommodated versions of lesson plans to support students with learning differences.
Texas History for Teachers is being developed by the University of North Texas as a partnership between UNT’s Department of History and UNT Libraries, and particularly UNT’s The Portal to Texas History. The project’s educational mission is also being supported by a number of foundations and organizations, as well as educators and historians from across the state of Texas.
The development of the TX4T site and materials is ongoing, but we are releasing our content as it is developed in order to support as many teachers as possible. Currently the Texas Revolution Unit has been completed, with partial development completed on the Age of Contact Unit and Spanish Colonial Unit. Anyone interested in updates to the TX4T site is encouraged to subscribe to The Portal to Texas History newsletter.
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