Dear Parents and Students,  
 The Texas Revolution is over, Texas is annexed, the Mexican-American War and treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo sets our border at the Rio Grande, and we are settling into our new role as the 28th state in the Union.  Just when all should be smooth sailing, the issues of slavery, states' rights, and political sectionalism threaten to divide the nation into two.  What role will Texas play?
Happy Trails!
Ms. Adams

The textbook, Texas History by McGraw Hill, is now accessible on Canvas. Students will use their ID and Pass to access Canvas.  Go to their Texas History Homepage, then click on the TEXTBOOK button.  That should take them directly to theTextbook.  (This is still a work in progress, so let us know if you have difficulties.)
    Please check our teacher websites for information about specific classes and as always feel free to send us an e-mail anytime you have questions or concerns.


May 10-11 8th STAAR Science and History
May 10 7th Texas History & Science Benchmarks
May 26, 30, 31 & June 1 Finals

Each Thursday Pre-AP will be assigned a research question which will be due the following Wednesday.  The assignment counts as a daily grade, no late work accepted.  Students must submit the question, correct answer, and document their source.  (Wikipedia,,, Dictionaries, are not acceptable sources.)

Due 4/26 Create a chart showing 4 Texas Plantations during the Antebellum era.  Include:  Name of Plantation, Name of Owner, Location, Cash crop raised, # of Slaves
Due 4/12 What is the story behind the Easter Fires in Fredericksburg?
DUE 4/4 Who was Jack Coffee Hays and what happened to him at Enchanted Rock?
DUE 3/31 Who was John C.C. Hill?
Due 3/24 What happened to Matilda Lockhart?
Due 3/1 No Research this week.
DUE 2/23 Who was "Old Whip" in the Texas Revolution?
DUE 2/15 How and where did Ben Milam die?
DUE 1/25  What was the 1st battle of the Texas Revolution?  Where and when?
DUE 1/18  Find two of the proposed bills for the 2017 Texas Legislative Session.  Include the House or Senate Bill # (example: HB 405) and a one sentence summary of what the bill is intended to do.
Due 1/11  Who were the Old Three Hundred?
Due 11/30 None this week
DUE 11?15  When and where was the 1st Thanksgiving in Texas?
DUE 11/9 None this week
DUE 11/2  None this week
DUE 10/26  Who are the Supreme Court Justices for Texas? Make a list.  (HInt: Don't get the US Supremes mixed up with the Texas Supremes)
DUE 10/19 Who are Gary Johnson and Jill Stein?
DUE 10/12  Who represents you in the U.S. Senate?
DUE 10/5  What are the acceptable forms of ID (identification) for Texas Voters?  Make a list.
DUE 9/38 None this week due to Geography Test
DUE 9/21 Make a chart that includes each region, the largest city in that region and that cities  population
Due 9/14:  What is the highest point in Texas?  What is the elevavtion and location? (2 sources this time)
Due: 9/7 What information can you find out about the 1972 hijacking in Texas mentioned in the Postcard?

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               You may have heard about our Herd, the state of Texas Bison Herd that is.
    After 3 great years,  York has just concluded its portion of the Bison Project.  We are indebted and grateful to Texas Parks and Wildlife, Caprock Canyons State Park Superintendent, Donald Beard, Laura Bush's Texan By Nature, and many of our other partners who made this experience possible for our students.  We challenge other schools to do the same - get out of your classrooms and become a part of history rather than just a student of it!!!

For a little background, read the following:
In 2013 YORK Texas History classes entered in a  partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife...
          York Texas History students began a partnership with Caprock Canyons State Park and the historic state Bison Herd in the fall of 2013.  Since that time, York has raised a little over $8000 to fund GPS tracking collars for a pair of female bison and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle which allows students to track the herd throughout the 14,000 acre park from our classroom 81/2 hours away!  Our students have helped generate grassland restoration plans and determined the most likely sites for permanent water sources based on the grazing patterns of the herd.  
     The addition of the UAV allows for video and still images of the herd in more remote portions of the park.  The UAV will aid in fenceline maintenance, wildfire control, and even search and rescue operations across the park's hiking trails.  
     All this data is shared with the park and our recent partner school in Dallas, St.Thomas Aquinas, who last year funded 10 game cameras which were placed throughout the park.
  Aside from researching GPS tracking collar systems, learning how to pull data from Google Earth, writing grants, writing news articles for publication, and running fundraising events, York students have also been featured on several newscasts, newspapers, and magazines around Texas and even received exposure on the national level for their conservation efforts.  Their project has received endorsements from former Governor Rick Perry, former First Lady Laura Bush, and a host of other state officials.
      We hope you will take your family out to Caprock and see first hand these majestic beasts that have been carefully brought back from the brink of extinction!
              Check out our Bison Webpage created by Ms. Jackie Goddard, our librarian! Also Mr. Wilson has posted 2 videos on You Tube called The Bison Project and the Bison Project 2015 that shows how we installed the collar and our test flight demos of the UAV!!


Where to Order Your FREE TEXAS ROAD MAP:

New Textbook information coming soon

Penny Adams
7th GRADE Texas HISTORY        832-592-8600
TUTORIALS: T-W-TH mornings in room 226 - or make an appointment to see me in the classroom.

April 17-21
4222016_60037_0.png The Big Idea:
Social, economic, and political differences based on strongly held beliefs can lead to conflict.
Words to Know:  Abolitionist, Antebellum, Confederate, Unionist, Conscription, Ordinance, Secede, Casualties, Sectionalism, Sovereignty, States' Rights, Military Campaign, Blockade, Anaconda Plan
MONDAY- Set up new Unit 9 Causes of Civil War, Do You Know questions, Vocabulary word + definition.

TUESDAY: America: The Story of Us - "Division"

WEDNESDAY - Go over Test, Finish 1850 Compromise, CW Pre-Test
PRE-AP Research DUE: Easter Fires

THURSDAY - Why People Fight?  Differences between North and South Foldable and readings

FRIDAY - Differences PPT, Begin CW Map, Begin Notes on Causes & Laws




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