Natural Texas and Its People

Vertical Alignment

K-6:           Students learning about place and geography

Grade 4:   Students learn about Native American Indian groups

Grade 6:   Students learn about culture(s)

Grade 8:   Students must appreciate geography of Texas and the various cultural groups

to fully understand Westward Expansion


Readiness Standards

7.1A – TSIET:  “identify the major eras in Texas history, describe their defining characteristics, and explain why historians divide the past into eras, including Natural Texas and its People”

7.9B – TSIET:  “compare places and regions of Texas in terms of physical and human characteristics”

Supporting Standards

7.2A – TSIET:  “compare the cultures of American Indians in Texas prior to European colonization such as Gulf, Plains, Puebloan, and Southeastern”

7.8B – TSIET:  “analyze and interpret geographic distributions and patterns in Texas during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries”

Process Standards

7.8A – TSIET:  “create and interpret thematic maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases representing various aspects of Texas during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries”

7.9A – TSIET:  “locate the Mountains and Basins, Great Plains, North Central Plains, and Coastal Plains regions and places of importance in Texas during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries such as major cities, rivers, natural and historic landmarks, political and cultural regions, and local points of interest”

7.21(A-H); 7.22(A-D); 7.23(A-B)

Inquiry Initiators (with Blooms verbs)

7.1(A) –           “What characteristics DEFINE the Natural Texas and Its People Era?”

                         (define, explain & evaluate)

7.9(A)(B) –     “What are the four major regions of Texas?”  (locate & identify)

                         “What physical geographic features does each region have?”  (describe)

                         “How do the geographic features of each region compare to the others?”  (compare)

                         “What and where are the major cities, rivers, landmarks and POIs of each region (locate)

7.8(A)(B) –     “Can you find distribution maps of Native Texas Indians prior to the 1500s?”

                         “How are the Native Texas Indians dispersed throughout the territory?”  (analyze)

7.2(A) –           “What are the various cultures of each Native Texas Indian group?” (describe)

                         “How does geography affect the development of culture?”  (analyze)

Project/Product Choices (P.I.s – Performance Indicators)

1)      Create a timeline listing significant individuals, issues and events of this era.

2)     Create a distribution map of Native Texas Indian groups including cultural items and various geographic resources

3)     Create a Powerpoint, Prezi or Video portraying the four major regions of Texas including the geographic features, cultural
migration patterns, major cities, rivers landmarks and POIs.

4)      Create a Travel Brochure or Video describing each of the four major regions (and potentially the subregions) that highlights
the major cities, rivers, landmarks, POIs, “must see/must do” things and other tourism related features.