7th Grade

The For the Love of Texas series has two primary objectives: (1) to provide students with basic factual information about significant events and people in Texas history; and (2) to introduce students to important (and sometimes controversial) questions about the way Texas history has traditionally been represented in textbooks. Each book in the series combines up-to-date research on recent discoveries and new interpretations of the meaning of selected historical developments with more traditional narratives and sources regarding well-known events and personalities. Just as importantly, the series presents Texas history as part of the larger histories of the Native American, European, Mexican, American, and African-American people who interacted with one another—for better or for worse—in the geographical, colonial, imperial, and national space called “Texas.”

The For The Love of Texas series reinforces 7th grade TEKS by thoroughly (and entertainingly) covering:

  • Native Tribes of Texas
  • European Exploration in Texas
  • Texas Missions
  • Empresarios
  • Road to Revolution
  • Texas Revolution & Its Outcomes

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Reading For The Love of Texas, Tell Me About the Colonists and The Love of Texas, Tell Me About the Texas Revolution helps students understand:

  • location and characteristics of places and regions in Texas;
  • effects of the interaction between humans and the environment in Texas during the 18th and 19th centuries;
  • the influence of Native Americans on Texas culture and history;
  • the influence of Europeans on both Native American and Texian culture and history;
  • how individuals, events, and issues prior to the Texas Revolution shaped the history of Texas;
  • the concept of diversity within unity in Texas;
  • the function of Spanish missions, the first attempt at permanent European settlements;
  • the function of empresarios, who promoted permanent Anglo settlements in Texas;
  • the cultural and political differences between Texians and Mexicans that led to a revolution to establish Texas as an independent republic;
  • the Texian belief that revolution was necessary to achieve independence from Mexico;
  • the roles played by significant individuals during the Texas Revolution, including Lorenzo de Zavala, James Fannin, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and William B. Travis;
  • problems and controversies surrounding significant events of the Texas Revolution, including the battle of Gonzales, the siege of the Alamo, the convention of 1836, Fannin’s surrender at Goliad, and the Battle of San Jacinto;
  • the impact of the Mexican federal Constitution of 1824 and the Law of April 6, 1830 on events in Texas;
  • political, social, and economic developments leading up to the Texas Revolution; and
  • the characteristics, distribution, and migration of populations in Texas in the 19th century.

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The The Love of Texas book series can help students:

  •  create thematic maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases representing various aspects of Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries;
  •  answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns in Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries;
  • locate places and regions of importance in Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries;
  • compare places and regions of Texas in terms of physical and human characteristics;
  • analyze the effects of communication on major events in Texas;
  • compare and contrast the cultures of Native Americans in Texas prior to European colonization;
  • identify ways in which Texans have adapted to and modified the environment and analyze the consequences of the modifications;
  • explain ways in which geographic factors have affected the political, economic, and social development of Texas;
  • create maps to show locations and available resources for each Native American group;
  • classify differences between Native American groups;
  • identify the contributions of significant individuals, including Moses Austin, Stephen F. Austin, and Juan Seguin during the colonization of Texas;
  • contrast Spanish and Anglo purposes for and methods of settlement in Texas;
  • identify important individuals, events, and issues related to European exploration and colonization of Texas, including the establishment of Catholic missions;

Overall, after students read the The Love of Texas book series, they will know:

  • why Texas holds a unique position in the United States;
  • how Texas’ diverse geography has affected and continues to affect the cultural, economic, and political development of the state;
  • how the colonization of and revolution in Texas have affected the evolution and growth of Texas;
  • the location and characteristics of the four regions of Texas.

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