Texas History Syllabus

  • Syllabus



    Instructor:          James Best                                                            


    Course:               7th Grade History   (Pre-AP and Regular Ed)                                                             


    School Phone:      512.556.3101        


    E-mail-                      Username (bestj) and then the at sign (@) and then the domain (lisdtx.org)                                                                                      



    Year at a Glance:


    First Semester Second Semester
    1st Nine Weeks 3rd Nine Weeks
    Unit 01: Thinking like a Historian

    Unit 02: Natural Texas and its People (1200s ti 1800s)

    Unit 03: Exploration and Early Colonization of Texas – 1519-1821 

    Unit 07: Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861-1876

    Unit 08: Cotton, Cattle, Railroads and Closing the Texas Frontier – 1866-1900 

    Unit 09: Modernizing Texas in An Age of Oil – 1900-1929 

    2nd Nine Weeks     4th Nine Weeks

    Unit 04: Mexican Colonization and the Empresario System – 1821-1836 


    Unit 05: Unrest and Revolt in Texas – 1821-1836 

    Unit 06: Republic of Texas and Early Statehood – 1836-1861

    Unit 10: Texas during the Great Depression and World War II – 1929-1950 

    Unit 11: Civil Rights and Conservatism Bring Changes – 1950-Present 

    Unit 12: Contemporary Texas – 1950-Present 





    Supplies:  Paper, Folder, Pen (Blue or Black), Map Colors, and a straight edge or ruler 


    Textbook:  Celebrate Texas


    Expectations:  Students will follow all school and class rules.  As much as possible, students should actively participate in class, stay on task and complete assignments on time.  Students will not be allowed to interfere with another person’s right to learn.



    Suggestions for performing your best in your courses


    1.        Form a study group with friends.  Work with your classmates on assignments both in and out of class.  Collaborate on work, but don’t copy other student’s work. 


    2.        Attend tutorials when you are having trouble finishing an assignment.  Do not wait until the morning of the day that an assignment is due to come in for help.


    3.        Manage your time wisely.  Expect to spend several days working on individual projects and studying for AP style quizzes and tests.


    4.        Don’t get discouraged.  When you are feeling overwhelmed or helpless, seek encouragement from family and friends and from your instructor. 


    5.        Keep up with the work.  Make corrections to homework in a timely manner, complete your assignments as soon as you receive them, and, when you are absent, work diligently to get back on track as soon as possible.


    6.        Push yourself to perform better on each and every quiz and test.  Progress is much more important than a grade on one particular assessment.  Analyze your performance and find ways to improve on subsequent assessments. 


    7.         Keep your eye on the goal.  You are taking this class to prepare yourself for rigorous AP courses and college level coursework in the future.  Remember when you are struggling that the reward is worth your efforts.